THE FIRST site chosen for the new Sligo town Garda HQ has fallen through.
This was confirmed by the junior Minister at the Department of Justice speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Wednesday.
The issue was publicly raised yesterday by Sligo Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin.
said the case for a new station had been made after consulting
engineers for the Garda Representative Association (GRA) catalogued
health and safety issues in the existing building.
''Quite simply,'' said Deputy McLoughlin: ''the findings made in the report are shocking.
raise several issues of serious concern which must and can be addressed
from today if there is the will to do so,'' he added.
Deputy McLoughlin also told the Dail that Gardai planned to withdraw from the existing Sligo town station on October 6th next.
Fire safety, shower facilities, cramped public space, limited and
outdated cell accommodation, poor heating and dampness, inadequate
Left: Sligo-Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin in Dáil Committee meeting
Junior Minister David Stanton outlined the efforts of the Office of Public Works to find a Sligo site for the new station
Stanton: ''Negotiations on the acquisition of a site originally
identified for the purpose of providing the proposed new station in
Sligo did not proceed to a successful conclusion.
will now be made to identify an alternative site for acquisition in
order that the development can proceed, Minister Stanton told the Dáil
Ominously, the junior Minister indicated yesterday that there is a solution ''in the short run.''
Stanton said that solution lies ''in addressing the particular issues
that have arisen at the existing (Sligo) station.''
30% of the existing space shortage in Sligo could be solved, said
Deluty McLoughlin, by moving the regional HQ and the deputy
commissioner's office based there.