Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (220)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

220. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works plans to sell a property (details supplied); if the property will be made available for social or voluntary housing under the new initiatives announced by the Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10039/18]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The 2012 and 2013 policing plans for An Garda Síochána identified 139 Garda stations for closure including the former Garda station in Leenane, Co. Galway. Many of these properties reverted to the Office of Public Works (OPW) to identify an alternative State use or manage their disposal.

In 2016, An Garda Síochána/Policing Authority undertook a review of the closed Garda Stations. In late 2017, the preliminary review initially identified six stations for re-opening. These were:

- Ballinspittle, Co. Cork

- Bawnboy, Co. Cavan

- Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow

- Donard, Co. Wicklow

- Stepaside, Co. Dublin

- Rush, Co. Dublin.

The final review has yet to be published and there may be implications in relation to the remaining stations that were previously closed.

Therefore, the disposal or transfer of the former Garda station in Leenane, Co. Galway is on hold pending the recommendations arising from the review.