The Garda Water Unit is based in Santry and Athlone and I am informed by the Garda authorities that Garda management is satisfied that the equipment and the number of personnel available to the Water Unit is adequate to meet current demand. Of a total of two Sergeants and fourteen Gardaí attached to the Unit, one Sergeant and eight Gardaí are allocated to Athlone.
Plans are being developed for the longer term accommodation requirements of the Unit and will be progressed in the context of available resources. In the interim, significant additional accommodation is being provided adjacent to the existing station in Athlone. I am advised by the Office of Public Works that the building referred to by the Deputy is currently in use and would not in any event be suitable to meet the accommodation requirements of the Garda Unit.