316. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when Rush Garda station will be reopened. (Question 14037/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018)

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 the 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 direct role in these matters.

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 criminal activity, with special emphasis on burglaries, theft and public order.

The Garda Commissioner’s final report, which is available on my Department’s website, recommends that Rush Garda station be reopened, along with stations in Ballinspittle, Co. Cork, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow, Donard, Co. Wicklow, and Stepaside, Co. Dublin.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that they have provided a brief of requirements to the OPW in relation to the reopening of these Garda stations, including Rush Garda station, and requested the OPW to undertake technical surveys to determine the works required and the costings of such works to enable the stations to reopen. I understand that this process is underway.