Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (364)

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

440 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the reason an application for a fire station at Granard, County Longford, has not progressed despite the obvious necessity of the construction of a new fire station at this location and the fact that it was at contract document stage a considerable period of time ago; if, in this context, the provision of a new fire station at Granard will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3769/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

In addition to the ten fire station projects currently approved or under construction, my Department is undertaking a review of all fire station projects that have been proposed, along with those in planning, with a view to obtaining the best outcome from the annual fire station construction programme. The proposed new fire station at Granard, for which contract documents are with my Department, is included in this review.

The fire station element of the fire services capital programme, for which €19 million has been provided in 2004, will be determined following this review. Factors to be assessed include current fire authority priorities and needs, previous station projects provided under the programme, the competing demands of fire authorities nationally and value for money.