Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (348)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

348. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of Emyvale Garda station further to a fire which caused extensive damage at the station ; if funding will be ring-fenced for the refurbishment of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45051/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

First, I must note that 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. 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.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the Emyvale Station was largely destroyed following a fire which occurred in the early hours of 28 October 2019.

I am informed by An Garda Síochána that it is engaging with the OPW in relation to works at a separate property at Emyvale to facilitate the continuation of a Garda presence there. This is being taken forward by the OPW and An Garda Síochána.

Pending completion of that process, I am informed that An Garda Síochána continues to provide community policing services in the town of Emyvale working from a local building on a temporary basis.

I am happy to confirm to the Deputy that An Garda Síochána has said that the community of Emyvale can be assured that there will be no depletion in Garda resources in the area during this period.