90. Deputy Josepha Madigan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the tender process to prepare Stepaside Garda station for reopening will commence; the reason this process has been delayed; if provision will be made to make the telecommunications mast more aesthetically pleasing. (Question 49701/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Garda Station Closures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Stepaside Garda Station is in the full ownership of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland and it was closed on 14th March 2013 as part of the rationalisation programme of An Garda Síochána, as announced in the 2013 Policing Plan. 
The Commissioners put a guardianship arrangement in place with Camelot in 2014. My officials have recently advised Camelot that, in accordance with the contractual...

171. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the OPW will fully fund the upgrading project for Ballinasloe Garda station; if so, the amount of funding being committed to this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48715/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran) (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 172 together.
It is expected that tender evaluation for the works for Ballinasloe Garda Station will be completed in the near future, following which a contract should be placed by the end of the year. Once the contract is placed, details in relation to the contract amount and start date will be available.
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172. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the start date for the upgrading project for the Ballinasloe Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48716/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran) (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 172 together.
It is expected that tender evaluation for the works for Ballinasloe Garda Station will be completed in the near future, following which a contract should be placed by the end of the year. Once the contract is placed, details in relation to the contract amount and start date will be available.
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288. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when Fitzgibbon Street Garda station will be reopened; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49361/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Garda Station Closures)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. This includes identifying and progressing any necessary remedial or refurbishment works required at individual stations. As Minister, I have no d...

25. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the proposed works on Newcastle West Garda station are due to commence. (Question 44076/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Garda Stations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): It is envisaged that this project will be completed towards the latter end of the Garda Capital Investment Plan 2016-2021.
OPW has received an outline brief of requirements from An Garda Síochána (AGS) and has completed a feasibility study on the existing Station site. OPW Architectural Services are currently reviewing this feasibility study from a Health and Safety and building efficiency perspectiv...

112. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the pilot project in respect of the reopening of Garda stations has commenced; the stations that have reopened; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47510/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Garda Stations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána, including the opening and closing of Garda stations. 
As the Deputy will be aware, the Programme for a Partnership Government commits to a pilot scheme to reopen 6 Garda stations, both urban and rural, to determine possible positive impacts that such openings will have on c...

104. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason contracts have not been signed in relation to necessary upgrading works at Ballinasloe Garda station which were due to begin in October 2017; when these works are scheduled to commence in view of health and safety issues at the station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47170/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): It is expected that tender evaluation for the works for Ballinsloe Garda Station will be completed in the near future, following which a contract should be placed by the end of the year.
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130. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the estimated cost of reopening a Garda station (details supplied) in Dublin 1; if plans for these refurbishments have been finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47238/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. This includes identifying and progressing any necessary remedial or refurbishment works required at individual stations. As Minister, I have no dir...

133. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to ensure the funding that has been allocated for the necessary upgrading of Ballinasloe Garda station is ring-fenced for 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47181/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. This includes identifying and progressing any necessary remedial or refurbishment works required at individual stations. As Minister, I have no dir...

476. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the plans he and the Garda Commissioner have to locate a new Garda station in Clonburris in which the SDZ plan is being developed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45744/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Garda Stations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the allocation of Garda resources in the State and, in the context of Garda stations, the Garda authorities work in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works, which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters. 
I have, however, asked the Garda Commissioner for informati...

485. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if persons are obligated to report a suspected crime to their nearest Garda station regardless of the opening hours of that station.. (Question 45786/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Garda Stations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Garda authorities that a suspected crime can be reported to any member of An Garda Síochána, irrespective of where the suspected crime took place. Contact details of all Garda stations are available on the Garda website which also provides advice to members of the public in terms of contacting An Garda Síochána, including to report a crime. 
The advice from An Garda Síochána is if you are a victim, or a wi...

509. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the planned refurbishment of a Garda station (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46136/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. This includes identifying and progressing any necessary remedial or refurbishment works required at individual stations. As Minister, I have no d...

544. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the re-opening of Rush Garda station which was announced by the Government a number of months ago; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46761/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Garda Stations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána, including the opening and closing of Garda stations. 
As the Deputy will be aware, the Programme for a Partnership Government commits to a pilot scheme to reopen 6 Garda stations, both urban and rural, to determine possible positive impacts that such openings will have on c...

124. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the acquisition of a Garda station (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45541/17 asked on 26 Oct 2017 - Garda Stations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. This includes identifying and progressing any necessary remedial or refurbishment works required at individual stations. As Minister, I have no dir...

189. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the costs incurred by An Garda Síochána and his Department in 2016 and to date in 2017 in respect of the examination and the proposal to re-open Stepaside garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45242/17 asked on 25 Oct 2017 - Garda Station Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, the Office of Public Works has primary responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation and works closely with the Garda authorities in this regard and I, as Minister, have no role in these matters. As such, no costs are incurred by my Department in relation to Garda accommodation.
The Deputy will be aware that, at its meeting on 13 June, the Government agreed to note the key r...

117. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 84 of 10 October 2017, if the OPW retains the remaining percentage of income from moneys derived from rental space on Garda telecoms masts or if the funds are lodged to the central Exchequer fund once funds are lodged to the Department of Justice and Equality and the appointed site management agency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44951/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Garda Stations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The remaining income from licence fees, under the telecommunications licences granted by the Commissioners of Public Works (OPW) in respect of Garda Masts, is surrendered to the Exchequer as part of Appropriations in Aid on the OPW Vote, after the deduction of expenses incurred as a result of the granting of the licences.
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120. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a submission made by a person (details supplied) seeking consideration by the OPW of a specific site the person wished to offer for the new regional Garda headquarters in Sligo; the reason the person in question has had no reply; if a specific site is the subject of ongoing procurement processes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45055/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Garda Stations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The OPW continues to progress the procurement of a suitable site for the new Garda Station in question. I can confirm that the site referred to by the Deputy is on the list of sites under consideration. All parties that made submissions will be informed of the decision once a site for the new Station has been procured.
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7. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when Stepaside Garda station will reopen; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44071/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Garda Station Closures)

Deputy Marc MacSharry: When will Stepaside Garda station be reopened? It follows a decision that caused much public controversy. Let us contrast this decision with the tangible lack of action in the advancement of work on a new regional Garda headquarters in Sligo where there is no running water and no shower facilities in the Garda station. The cells have been condemned to the extent that members of the Garda who arrest individuals must transport them 15 miles to the station in Ballymote.
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51. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the planned new Garda station for Macroom is advancing; the milestones that have been achieved over the past year; when a new station will be available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44191/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has the responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. As Minister, I have no direct role in relation to these matters.
The Garda Station Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016-2021, which is an a...

119. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to upgrade facilities at various Garda stations throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44480/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Garda Stations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. This includes identifying and progressing any necessary remedial or refurbishment works required at individual stations. As Minister, I have no dir...

133. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which it is expected particular Garda stations are likely to reopen; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44529/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Garda Station Closures)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána including responsibility for the formulation of proposals in relation to the opening and closing of Garda stations and I, as Minister, have no role in the matter. 
Indeed, this was the basis on which the Garda District and Station Rationalisation Programme was developed and ...

155. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the costs incurred in 2016 and to date in 2017, the estimated costs expected to be incurred by the end of 2017 and the estimated expenditure to be incurred in 2018 in respect of the decision to re-open Stepaside Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43674/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Garda Station Closures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 155 and 165 together.
Stepaside Garda Station is in the full ownership of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland and it was closed on 14th March 2013 as part of the rationalisation programme of An Garda Síochána, as announced in the 2013 Policing Plan. 
I am advised that the Commissioners appointed a company called Camelot to manage and maintain the property at...

157. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 99 of 4 October 2017, the process and method regarding the way in which a closed Garda station was repurposed and assigned to a body or group; if there was an application process; if the closed stations were publicly advertised as being available for alternative uses; if planning permission was sought for change of use; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43433/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Garda Station Closures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works (CPW) that the policy with regard to non-operational (vacant) State property, including the former Garda stations is to: 
1. Identify if the property is required/suitable for alternative State use by both Government departments and the wider public sector. 
2. If there is no other State use identified for a property, the Office of Public Works (OPW...

165. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the costs incurred by the Office of Public Works to date in 2017, the expected costs to be incurred in the remainder of 2017 and the estimated costs to be incurred in 2018 in respect of the reopening of Stepaside Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43675/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Garda Station Closures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 155 and 165 together.
Stepaside Garda Station is in the full ownership of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland and it was closed on 14th March 2013 as part of the rationalisation programme of An Garda Síochána, as announced in the 2013 Policing Plan. 
I am advised that the Commissioners appointed a company called Camelot to manage and maintain the property at...

217. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to reopen Garda stations which were closed in County Clare in view of the fact that his Department found the resources to reopen the Garda station in Stepaside; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43463/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Garda Stations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 217 and 219 together.
The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána and, as Minister, I have no responsibility for these matters.  
As the Deputy will be aware, during 2011 and 2012, An Garda Síochána completed a comprehensive review of its District and station network with the objective...