Fine Gael defends accusations of ‘pre-election’ promises on new Garda Station

Fine Gael in Sligo Leitrim says a new Garda Station for Sligo remains a priority in the five year government Capital plan.

It follows revelations on Ocean FM News yesterday that little or no progress has been made on the project and that a site has yet to be chosen.

Today Fianna Fail has hit out at Fine Gael saying the lack of progress proves this was simply pre-election talk last year.

Today, Fianna Fail Councillor in Sligo Tom MacSharry hit out at FG Deputy Tony McLoughlin for failing to put enough pressure on the authorities to progress the plans for a multi-million euro region Garda Headquarters for Sligo.

The project was announced in October last year but queries from Ocean FM News in the last few days have reaped little further information from FG, the Garda Authorities or the OPW who are responsible for the acquisition and managment of the new site when it’s found.

Councillor McSharry has accused Deputy McLoughlin of playing politics with this important matter before the election:

However, speaking to Ocean FM News today a spokesperson for the Fine Gael TD said that work is ongoing in the background.

The spokesperson on behalf of Deputy McLoughlin has explained that a site on the outskirts of Sligo town had been looked at but proved unsuitable due to difficulties arising from the ownership of the land.

Fine Gael states that the regional headquarters is in the government’s five year plan and will go ahead.