Tuesday, 22 March 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
485. Cecilia Keaveney asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position with relocating Buncrana Garda station on a greenfield site; and if he will make a statement on the timescale envisaged for this most urgent project. [8943/05]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): It was planned to address the accommodation requirements at Buncrana by providing an extension and by refurbishing the existing Garda station. Two other proposals to address the accommodation needs of Buncrana have since emerged and are being considered by the Garda authorities — a new station on a greenfield site and the possibility of a new station being included in a one-stop-shop development with the Department of Social and Family Affairs.
Accordingly, until full consideration has been given by the Garda authorities to all of the options, I am not in a position to say when this project will commence. I can assure the Deputy, however, that it will be progressed as quickly as overall priorities within the Garda building programme and the availability of financial and other resources allow.
486. Cecilia Keaveney asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding the complete refurbishment of a Garda station (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8944/05]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): There are plans to build a new Garda station in Clonmany. To this end, the Office of Public Works has been asked to provide a report on the options for addressing the accommodation needs at this location, including the option of providing the station party with temporary accommodation on site and replacing the existing station with a new station. When the report is to hand, consideration will be given to how best to address this matter.
As with all such proposals, construction of a new station will depend on the availability of financial and other resources and priorities within the Garda building programme. However, I assure the Deputy there will be no avoidable delay in progressing this project.
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