Updated: 24/11/17 : 15:38:53
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Fire inspection today at unmanned Sligo Garda Station

The Chief Fire Officer for Sligo is carrying out an inspection at Sligo Garda Station where, last Monday, members of the Garda Representative Association walked out of the building in protest at conditions there.

The gardaí have since been operating from a nearby building and say they are available for discussions with management in relation to the situation.

RTÉ reports that Chief Fire Officer, Gerry O'Malley, has requested a copy of a report commissioned by the GRA on the station which highlighted what it said were serious breaches of health and safety regulations and in particular fire safety at the station on Pearse Rd.

On Tuesday, An Garda Síochána issued a statement saying that it "sees the action taken over the last two days by members of the GRA at Sligo Garda Station as most unfortunate".

It stated that representatives of garda management engaged in more than 12 hours of discussion with the representatives of the GRA last Friday and that, at the conclusion of the talks, management detailed a comprehensive set of written proposals with the objective of accelerating facility and remedial works at the building and making them a time-bound priority.

An Garda Síochána said the proposals, which have been formally sent to the general secretary of the GRA, focus resources on the refurbishment of the station and the improvement of services and amenities. They include a provision for a two-week consultation period. Garda management said this approach and the written proposals were not accepted by the GRA representation present.

Meanwhile it has emerged that land near Summerhill College in Sligo has been earmarked as a site for a new Garda Station.

The Public Accounts Committee was told yesterday that a new site for a station in Sligo town is needed, but in the short term remedial works are the preference.

A garda spokesman said that he is hopeful the fourteen acre site at Summerhill will become available soon.