Updated: 07/10/17 : 08:05:00
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Sligo Garda station gets €50,000 from mast

SLIGO GARDA station has earned over €50,000 in recent years from the telecoms masts at its barracks in the town.

The income comes from renting space to private companies who use the mast, the Dail heard this week.

The licences are granted by the Office of Public Works and not by the Garda authorities.

Junior Minister 'Boxer' Moran was asked this week for the details of such incomes for each Garda stations across the country. See below.

Sligo town has earned €11,514 per annum in three of the past five years, with smaller sums in other years.

No details were provided to the Dail on which companies, and for what purposes, rent spaces on the Sligo town Garda station mast.

Stepaside Garda Station earned a total of €390,000 renting space on its mast between 2012 and 2016, stats given to TDs showed.

The station was closed two years ago but is scheduled to now be reopened, recent Government decisions have confirmed.

                          The controversial mast at Collooney Garda Station

Proved Controversial

Meanwhile, nearly 20 years ago plans to rent space on the Garda station mast proved controversial at Collooney.

Several dozen Gardai were deployed during the erection by ESAT of its equipment on the Garda station in the town.

No income for Collooney is included in Minister Moran's answer this week and its current status, if any, is unclear.
The Minister had been asked to provide ''the income received by each Garda station'' by TD Catherine Murphy.