Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Office of Public Works
As part of An Garda Síochána’s 2012 and 2013 Rationalisation Programme the former Garda station at Dalkey closed on the 30thJune 2012 and the former Garda station at Kill O’The Grange, closed on the 29th April 2013. The Office of Public Works (OPW) was subsequently requested not to dispose of closed Garda stations pending the outcome of two reviews by An Garda Síochána.
The first review identified six closed Garda stations for reopening and the second review, published on the 21stDecember 2018, did not identify any further closed Garda stations for reopening.
Following this, An Garda Síochána advised the OPW that they no longer had an interest in the former Garda station properties at Dalkey and Kill O’The Grange and the OPW recommenced the process of either identifying alternative State use for or disposing of the properties, in line with OPW’s disposal policy on surplus vacant property.
The OPW policy with regard to non-operational (vacant) State property is to:
1. Identify if the property is required/suitable for alternative State use by either Government Departments or the wider public sector.
2. If there is no other State use identified for a property, the OPW will then consider disposing of the property on the open market if and when conditions prevail, in order to generate revenue for the Exchequer.
3. If no State requirement is identified or if a decision is taken not to dispose of a particular property, the OPW may consider community involvement (subject to a detailed written submission, which would indicate that the community/voluntary group has the means to insure, maintain and manage the property and that there are no ongoing costs for the Exchequer).
To date, no alternative State use has been identified for the former Garda station in Dalkey and the OPW is currently preparing the property for disposal by public auction. Subject to the resolution of title issues, the auction is scheduled to take place in 2021.
The OPW has agreed to transfer the former Garda station property in Kill O’The Grange to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council under Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Circular 11/15: Protocols for the Transfer and Sharing of State Property Assets. Subject to the normal legalities and agreement on terms, the transfer is expected to conclude during the first half of 2021.