Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (154)

Dara Calleary


154. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has considered a proposal for a rural unused Garda station (details supplied) in County Mayo. [44225/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The former Garda station at Bellacorrick closed on 31st January 2013 as part of An Garda Síochána’s 2013 policing plan.

As part of the Programme for a Partnership Government, a review of closed Garda stations identified six closed Garda stations for reopening and a second review, published on the 21st December 2018, did not identify any further closed Garda stations for reopening.

The Office of Public Works is reviewing the former Garda station properties in State ownership that are no longer required by An Garda Síochána with a view to identifying alternative State use in the first instance. If no alternative State use is identified, the OPW will either dispose of the properties or in certain circumstances enter into a licence agreement with a viable community group that meets the necessary criteria.

I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that there is alternative State interest in the former Garda station at Bellacorick.

Should a decision be taken not to develop the property for alternative State use the Commissioners will give due consideration to the interest of Ballymunnelly Development Group CLG.