Thursday, 3 October 2019

Questions (27)

Seán Sherlock


27. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the funding secured for a new Garda headquarters in Macroom, County Cork; and the timelines agreed. [40163/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation of €1.76 billion for 2019, as well as capital investment amounting to €92 million this year.  These resources are being provided in support of the Government's commitment to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and deter crime.

Major investment is being made in the Garda estate, to provide fit-for-purpose facilities for Garda members and staff, as well as the public interacting with them.  This is a significant undertaking, as there are over 560 stations nationwide.  

The Garda Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016-2021 is based on agreed Garda priorities, underpinned by significant Exchequer funding across the Garda and OPW Votes. 

Other major ongoing works to the Garda estate include the development of a new facility at Military Road and the major refurbishment of Fitzgibbon Street station as well as the Pilot Garda station reopening project.  

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. As a result, all works to the Garda estate involve close cooperation between the OPW and the Garda authorities.  

As Deputies will be aware, a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement is included in the Building and Refurbishment Programme is intended to deliver new stations in Clonmel, Sligo and Macroom.  

PPP projects are progressed under the auspices of the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA).  My Department, An Garda Síochána, the OPW and the NDFA are working closely in order to progress this project.  

It is not possible to say at this stage when the stations will be completed.  The establishment of PPP projects can be complex and it is vital to get the projects right at the planning and design stage. Pending delivery of the new stations, I am informed that Garda management and the OPW have been working to improve conditions and facilities at the existing stations in Macroom, Sligo and Clonmel.