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Urgent action needed to address hazardous working conditions for Gardaí in Sligo says TD

Fine Gael Sligo/Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin has said that urgent action is needed to alleviate hazardous working conditions for Gardaí in Sligo, and that he is pleased the Government is taking the problem seriously. Deputy McLoughlin tabled a debate on the matter in the Dáil this week. See link below

“This week in the Dáil I highlighted the dire situation in the Sligo-Leitrim Garda regional headquarters in Sligo town, and the urgent need to address the current unsafe and outdated working environment in the station. The Government is taking my concerns seriously, and the response I received shows that the Minister for Justice believes that the necessary action should be taken without delay to rectify the situation," said the Sligo based TD.

“A report produced by consulting engineers Michael Reilly & Associates and commissioned by the Garda Representative Association (GRA), finds the station is a totally unacceptable hazard on a number of acute levels from a health and safety perspective alone.   The serious health and safety issues highlighted by the report include rodent infestation, ventilation problems, poor heating and dampness, limited and inadequate toilet and shower facilities and leaking toilets. The report also describes failures in building compliance and fire safety, as well as in HSE health and safety procedures and requirements, hazardous safety issues, cramped public space, limited and outdated cell accommodation, inadequate canteen facilities and a lack of interviewing rooms."

Deputy McLoughlin continued, “I was determined to highlight these problems with the Government as we must ensure that our Gardaí be given the tools and resources to do their jobs effectively. I have asked the relevant Ministers in the Departments of Justice and the OPW to consider the option of moving the regional office and the Assistant Commissioner's office out of the station, which would, in the short term, address the current overcrowding problem in the regional office that occupies 30% of the facility.

“The Minister for Justice has committed to addressing the urgent problems at the station in the short term, and in the long term the plan is for a new state-of-the-art regional Garda headquarters in Sligo. This will be part of the Government’s major investment programme to provide new Garda stations and modernise older stations at key locations across the State designed to ensure we will have a 21st century network of fit-for-purpose Garda stations.

"This is critical in delivering an effective policing service and tackling crime. I will continue to ensure that Sligo is at the forefront of this modernisation programme. Gardaí working in the Sligo/Leitrim area must have appropriate working conditions that are fit for purpose and will equip them to do their jobs well protecting our local communities,” concluded Mr McLoughlin. 

Link: See Sligo Today 29/9/2016