TD claims facilities are so bad in Sligo Gardai can’t even access drinking water

The Department of Justice insists that efforts continue to try and secure a site for a new Garda Regional Headquarters in Sligo.

It follows renewed calls in the Dail for the Justice Minister to give an update on the status of the new stations.

Deputy Marc MacSharry told the Dail that over 6 weeks after Minister Kevin Boxer Moran announced that a new site would be known within weeks, no further announcement has been made.

In the meantime, Deputy MacSharry queried why Stepaside Garda Station was being reopened when there is such an urgent case in the North West.

He claims Gardai on duty no longer have access to a water dispenser in the station and the cells have been closed down in the last year so any detainees arrested in Sligo have to be brought to Ballymote for questioning.

He says it’s unacceptable:

However, the Department has defended progress on the matter and says that interim measures have been taken to improve facilities at the station on the Lower Pearse road in Sligo.

Minister of State David Stanton TD on behalf of the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanangan responded stating that work to secure a site is ongoing: