Written answers

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Garda Stations

9:00 pm

Photo of Joe CostelloJoe Costello (Dublin Central, Labour)
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Question 162: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform his plans for the transfer of gardaí from a station (details supplied); when contracts will be signed for the refurbishment of this station; if the gardaí from this station will be carrying out the same work when transferred; the timetable for return to the station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43222/10]

Photo of Dermot AhernDermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Louth, Fianna Fail)
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The programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation around the country is based on agreed priorities established by An Garda Síochána and it is progressed in close co-operation with the Office of Public Works, who have responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation.

I have been advised by the Garda authorities that work on the refurbishment of Mountjoy Garda Station is currently underway. It is anticipated that this work will be completed in early 2011 and that the refurbished building will accommodate the Station party from Fitzgibbon Street Garda station whilst refurbishment works are carried out at that Station. I have been 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.

I am further advised by the Garda authorities that they are currently examining the possibility of maintaining a service at Fitzgibbon Street while refurbishment works are carried out.

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