Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Question 175: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 247 of 25 May 2010, the timescale for the works required on a Garda station (details supplied) in Dublin 1; when the station will close for refurbishment works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28529/10]
The Garda accommodation programme is based on agreed priorities established by An Garda Síochána and it is brought forward in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works, which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that, due to its condition, it will be necessary to vacate the station referred to by the Deputy, to facilitate refurbishment of the premises. The Office of Public Works is currently making arrangements to refurbish another station to accommodate personnel from the station referred to during the relevant period. The tender process for this refurbishment work has been completed and a contract has now been placed.
I am assured by the Garda authorities that current policing levels will be maintained in the area concerned and that there will be no diminution of the Garda service being provided to the local community. The measures referred to will be discontinued when the necessary work at the station referred to by the Deputy has been completed.