Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Questions (743)

Mary Lou McDonald


743. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice when she expects Fitzgibbon Street Garda station in Dublin 1 to re-open. [27217/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

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 the responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. 

I am informed that work on Garda construction projects had ceased as a result of the measures announced by Government to deal with Covid-19 on 27 March 2020, but has now has recommenced in line with the lifting of government public health restrictions on the construction sector. 

The OPW has advised that the refurbishment works at Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station are currently in progress and the expected construction programme completion date is 18 March 2021.  The building will then be handed over to An Garda Síochána. ICT and furniture fit-outs will then begin and are expected to take a number of weeks. I am informed that it is therefore currently anticipated that the station will reopen in May 2021.