153. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost of reopening the six Garda stations recommended for same by Garda management; and the estimated full year cost of running same. (Question 7056/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works (OPW) is engaging with An Garda Síochána (AGS) in relation to the re-opening of six Garda Stations. AGS has supplied the OPW with an outline of its accommodation requirements for five of the six stations. These outline accommodation briefs will facilitate OPW in carrying out the necessary surveys and assessments on the buildings and to draft scopes of work, including mech...

248. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the opening hours of Garda stations (details supplied) in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6766/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Garda Station Opening Hours)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda resources, including the opening times of Garda stations, are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
I have asked the Garda authorities for the specific information requested and when it is to hand I will inform the Deputy accordingly.
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157. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the reopening of Rush Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5981/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Garda Stations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The former Garda station at Rush Co. Dublin is in the full ownership of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland. The station was closed on 29th April 2012 as part of the rationalisation programme of An Garda Síochána, as announced in the 2012 Policing Plan.
The Commissioners of Public Works licensed the former Garda Station at Rush to Rush Musical Society and Rush Community Council for a period...

161. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of negotiations to provide a Garda station (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5428/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Garda Stations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Chief State Solicitor’s Office (CSSO) are dealing with the acquisition of the preferred site for this project as a top priority. ‘Contracts for Sale’ have been executed by both parties and every effort is being made both by the OPW and CSSO to achieve final completion of the legal formalities.
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181. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the date the Office of Public Works will enter Stepaside Garda station to commence assessment on the re-opening of the station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4019/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Garda Stations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Stepaside Garda is in the full ownership of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland. The station was closed on 14 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 advised Camelot that, in accordance with the contractual agreement in ...

187. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of Garda stations closed in counties Longford and Westmeath in each of the years 2007 to 2017; the sale price listed for each Garda station; and the amount the station was actually sold for, in tabular form. (Question 4463/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - 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 that the following former Garda Stations were sold from 2007 to 2017 in County Longford and County Westmeath:
 Year Property AMV Sale Amount 2007 Former Garda Station, Longford, Co. Longford * €2,000,000 2008 Former Garda Station, Granard, Co. Longford * €40,283 2014 Former Garda Station, Ballymore, Co. Westmeath €50,000 €55,000 201...

244. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number and names of Garda stations that are opened on a 24 hour basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2781/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Garda Station Opening Hours)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for operational decisions in respect of the effective and efficient use of resources available to An Garda Síochána including the opening hours of Garda stations and I, as Minister, have no role in relation to the matter.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested and when it is to hand I will inform the Deputy accordingly.
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250. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when a project (details supplied) will proceed to tender stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1756/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Garda Stations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 250 and 286 together.
The Office of Public Works and the Chief State Solicitor’s Office continue to progress the acquisition of the preferred site for this project as a high priority and expect the process to reach a conclusion shortly. ‘Contracts for Sale’ have been executed by both parties and final completion of the legal formalities will take a short while longer...

252. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of Garda stations closed in the past 20 years in counties Cavan and Monaghan which are still in State ownership; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1943/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Garda Station Closures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I have been advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that the following Garda Stations closed in the past twenty years in counties Cavan and Monaghan and are still in State ownership:
County Cavan
- Bawnboy - Former Garda Station – Closed 2013 – 1 of the 6 Garda stations announced to be reopened
- Redmills – Former Garda Station – Closed 2013 - Awaiting outcome of Policing Authority review
- S...

286. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the new site for a Garda station (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1593/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Garda Stations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 250 and 286 together.
The Office of Public Works and the Chief State Solicitor’s Office continue to progress the acquisition of the preferred site for this project as a high priority and expect the process to reach a conclusion shortly. ‘Contracts for Sale’ have been executed by both parties and final completion of the legal formalities will take a short while longer...

293. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the Garda stations in County Cork that have been sold since 2013. (Question 1990/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Garda Stations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that the following former Garda Stations in County Cork have been sold since 2013:
- Inchigeela Garda Station,
- Mallow Road Garda Station,
- Meelin Garda Station.
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499. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the Garda stations located in north County Kildare that will receive upgrading or refurbishment of their facilities; when this will occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54442/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - 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 co-operation 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 ...

534. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding a Garda station (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54932/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - 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...

144. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of closed Garda stations that have been sold since 2011, by county; the revenue raised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54138/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Garda Stations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that the following former Garda stations have been sold by them since 2011 with a total value of €3,228,000.
 Former Garda Station County Sale Amount 2014 Inchigeela Cork €55,000 Mallow Road Cork €260,000 Lettermore Galway €63,000 Cloone Leitrim €50,000 Grangemockler Tipperary €103,000 Baldwinstown Wexford €75,000 Newt...

145. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the annual cost of security and maintenance on closed Garda stations that have not been sold, by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54139/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Garda Station Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The total costs incurred by my Office on vacant former Garda Stations in the last complete year - from 1/1/2016 to 31/12/2016 - was €224,500.
These costs include any maintenance or other actions considered by OPW to be necessary to protect the structure and value of the property asset and/or for health and safety reasons. Unfortunately, a break-down of this cost by County is not readily available. ...

93. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the planned parking works at Farnanes Garda station, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53499/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 93 and 97 together.
I can confirm that the Office of Public Works (OPW) received an enquiry from local Gardaí about developing the parking facilities at the Garda Station in question. 
All requests for capital works at Garda Stations must be approved by Garda Estate Management (GEM) of An Garda Síochána and funding confirmed before they can be scheduled by OPW for de...

95. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if consideration will be given to making a vacant Garda station (details supplied) in County Kerry available for community use; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53372/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Garda Station Closures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The former Garda station at Camp, Co. Kerry closed on 31 January 2013 as part of An Garda Síochána’s 2013 Policing Plan. 
As part of the Programme for a Partnership Government, the Policing Authority was asked to oversee a review of all closed Garda stations with a view to the possible reopening of some stations. While An Garda Síochána has identified six former stations for reopening, the final ou...

97. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the planned parking works at a Garda station (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53451/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 93 and 97 together.
I can confirm that the Office of Public Works (OPW) received an enquiry from local Gardaí about developing the parking facilities at the Garda Station in question. 
All requests for capital works at Garda Stations must be approved by Garda Estate Management (GEM) of An Garda Síochána and funding confirmed before they can be scheduled by OPW for de...

71. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when it is expected that agreement will be reached to reopen Rush Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51500/17 asked on 05 Dec 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 responsibility for the formulation of proposals in relation to the opening and closing of Garda stations. As Minister, I have no role in the matter.
Indeed, this was the basis on which the Garda District and Station Rationalisation Programme was developed and impl...

107. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress of the proposed new Macroom Garda station; when it will to go to tender; the timeframe for construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51708/17 asked on 05 Dec 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...

109. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the acquisition and selection of a site for the new Garda regional headquarters in County Sligo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51495/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Stations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Garda Station Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016-2021, which is an ambitious 5 year Programme that will benefit over thirty locations around the country, includes over €60million of Exchequer funding as part of the Capital Plan as well as a major Public Private Partnership project. Under the Programme, new Garda station is to be provided in Sligo, together with stations in Macroom and Clonmel, by means of Public Private Par...

277. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which various Garda stations throughout the country require replacement, improvement or other upgrading; the number and location of stations in line for such replacement or improvement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52042/17 asked on 05 Dec 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...

118. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the costs associated with Garda stations that remain closed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51105/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Station Closures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The information requested is being collated and a response will issue directly to the Deputy in the coming days.
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198. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if in the context of the conditions evident in Sligo Garda station, which necessitated Garda members to vacate same; if a review of all Garda stations in the State has been carried out, in order to ensure that they are adequate and suitable accommodation from the perspective of sanitation, dampness, suitable shower facilities, heating and so on; if a programme of refurbishment has been put in place to deal with same immediately or in the alternative have new stations constructed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50893/17 asked on 29 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...

137. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to provide the necessary funding in order to ensure that Mountjoy Garda station, Dublin 7, is fully wheelchair accessible for persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50229/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): OPW is delivering a programme of universal access upgrades to certain Garda Stations identified as priority by An Garda Síochána (AGS). OPW has no plans at present to upgrade universal access facilities at Mountjoy Garda station.
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