Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Questions (63)

Aindrias Moynihan


63. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has satisfied himself that the current approach to delivering the new Garda station for Macroom is working fast enough; the timeframe for its availability; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32677/17]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy will appreciate that the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. This includes identifying and progressing any necessary remedial or refurbishment works required at individual stations. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.

As the Deputy will be aware, the proposed development of a new Garda station at Macroom is among the projects included in the Garda Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016-2021. This is an ambitious 5 year Programme that will benefit over thirty locations around the country and includes over €60million of Exchequer funding as part of Government’s Capital Plan 2016 – 2021 as well as a major Public Private Partnership project to build new stations at Macroom, Clonmel and Sligo.

The OPW is engaging closely with An Garda Síochána to secure the sites for the proposed builds and, thereafter, work will progress as quickly as possible to deliver the projects.