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Garda Stations.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 4 May 2005

Wednesday, 4 May 2005

Ceisteanna (407, 408)

Jim O'Keeffe

Ceist:

434 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the reason the Garda station at Ballinhassig, County Cork, has not been replaced other than by temporary accommodation which is now rat infested and rotten; if his attention has been drawn to the substantial increase in population in the area; and the position regarding a new Garda station. [14437/05]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I am aware that the Garda authorities have made proposals regarding Ballinhassig station, which involve the utilisation of part of the existing site. A prefabricated building was erected on the site and some work will be required to this building in the near future. However, I am advised by the Garda housing section that it has received no requests in regard to rat infestation. I assure the Deputy that the provision of a permanent station will be progressed as quickly as overall priorities within the Garda building programme and the availability of financial and other resources allow.

Jim O'Keeffe

Ceist:

435 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the reason the Garda station at Dunmanway, County Cork, has not been refurbished and repaired; the position in relation to plans for same; and when the work will be carried out. [14438/05]

Amharc ar fhreagra

There are plans to refurbish Dunmanway Garda station. I am informed by the Office of Public Works that the refurbishment works were contingent on the acquisition of a portion of the adjoining site at the rear of the station. I am also advised by the board that protracted negotiations for the acquisition of this land have proved difficult and the OPW is now reviewing its options. I can assure the Deputy that the matter is being pursued as a matter of urgency.

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