Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
92. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost-benefit analysis conducted by the OPW on the decision to divert as planned State funding away from a new Garda station in Sligo and instead to invest in remedial works at the current station and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12822/20]
A new Regional Garda station for Sligo was originally proposed by Garda Estates in late 2016. OPW purchased, on behalf of the Garda Estates request, a site adjacent to an existing OPW owned site used by Social Protection near Sligo town for that purpose. The Sligo site was to be used for a new Regional Garda Station as part of the Garda PPP bundle. Sligo was to be a regional Garda HQ similar to the Wexford Regional HQ completed by OPW in autumn 2017. In December of 2019 Gardai notified OPW and their parent Department, the Department of Justice and Equality, of revised Garda operational plans. These revised Garda operational plans led to the omission of a new Regional Sligo Garda station from their PPP bundle.
The Garda Commissioner decides Garda operational matters.
In accordance with the Public Spending Code, it is the responsibility of the Sponsoring Agency, in this case the Gardai, to prepare (a) the Strategic Assessment Report and (b) develop the Business Plan to include an appropriate financial, economic and sensitivity appraisal.