Updated: 29/09/16 : 04:50:42
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Sligo Garda station site fell through, Dáil told

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.

He 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.

''(They) 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.

Why? Fire safety, shower facilities, cramped public space, limited and outdated cell accommodation, poor heating and dampness, inadequate toilet facilities. 

Left: Sligo-Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin in Dáil Committee meeting

Existing Station

Junior Minister David Stanton outlined the efforts of the Office of Public Works to find a Sligo site for the new station

Said 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.

Short Solution

''Efforts will now be made to identify an alternative site for acquisition in order that the development can proceed, Minister Stanton told the Dáil yesterday.

Ominously, the junior Minister indicated yesterday that there is a solution ''in the short run.''

Minister Stanton said that solution lies ''in addressing the particular issues that have arisen at the existing (Sligo) station.''

Meanwhile, 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.