Updated: 29/03/18 : 05:13:28
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Sligo garda station site search ‘well advanced’

By Eugene McGloin
Political Editor

THE ACQUISITION of a site for the new Garda Station In Sligo town is now “well advanced,” the Dáil heard yesterday, Wednesday.

Charles Flanagan, Minister for Justice, was responding to a query from Deputy Mattie McGrath.

Deputy McGrath noted Clonmel, Sligo and Macroom had all originally been promised new stations in 2012 by then Minister Alan Shatter. 

“I do not want any more announcements from the Minister,” said Deputy McGrath yesterday.

“I do not expect him to make any, in fairness. I want to see the contract signed and the sod turned.”

Hold Up

Replied Minister Flanagan: “I understand that acquisition by the OPW (Office of Public Works) of the site for Macroom is complete.

“Acquisition of sites for Clonmel and Sligo are well advanced,” said the Minister.

In response yesterday, Deputy McGrath said “I accept completely the Minister's bona fides.

“I want to see procurement of the bundle of the three stations in Sligo, Macroom and Clonmel finalised. 

“It would be a pity for one to hold up the others for so long,” said Deputy McGrath.

Minister Flanagan took the opportunity yesterday to again confirm that funding had already been committed for the three new stations, including Sligo.

The programme, costed at over €60 million of Exchequer funding, provided for refurbishments at, he said , “over thirty stations.”

Additionally, there would be “a major public private partnership” to deliver new stations in Macroom, Sligo and Clonmel, TDs were told.