Garda Station

March 5th, 2008 - Pat Breen

QUESTION NO: 304

DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. Lenihan)

by Deputy Pat Breen

for WRITTEN on Wednesday, 5th March, 2008.

* To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 542 of 12 February 2008, the plans for new Garda stations in Miltown Milbay, Lisdoonvarna, Doonbeg and Carrigaholt to replace existing stations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Pat Breen

REPLY.

The detailed allocation of resources, including accommodation, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner to decide in accordance with his identified operational requirements. There is a significant ongoing programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda stations and other Garda accommodation around the country, including in County Clare. The Garda accommodation programme is based on agreed priorities established by the Garda Síochána and is brought forward in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works, which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation.

I have been informed by the Office of Public Works that a review of a number of rural stations nationwide is currently taking place in consultation with the Garda Síochána with a view to putting in place a targeted programme of renewal. The results of this review will feed into a broader Garda accommodation strategy which is being developed at present by the Garda Síochána.