Tenders to go out in second quarter to contractors for work on Donegal Town Garda Station

Work is progressing on selecting contractors to carry out refurbishment on Donegal Town Garda Station.

There had recently been concerns about downgrading of the station but the OPW has now confirmed it is working on picking contractors to carry out improvements to the building.

Ocean FM News understands the OPW will be issuing tenders to a shortlist of pre-qualified contractors in the second quarter of this year outlining the exact works that need to be done.

Those contractors, who have been shortlisted following advertisements on the government’s eTenders website, will then have to respond with their costings for doing the work.

In response to a query from Ocean FM News, the OPW says the work includes demolition of an existing extension and storage shed, as well as internal and external alterations to the existing building.

It also includes the building of a new three-storey, flat-roof extension, an external storage shed and associated site works.

There had been concern about possible downgrading of the garda station in Donegal Town but garda management says there will be no reduction in patrolling or garda responses.

It says the community would be better served if gardai were out patrolling instead of being in the station during quiet off-peak hours.

It is not clear at present when exactly the refurbishment work will start on the Garda Station.

However, Donegal Fianna Fail Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has said it’s expected to start before the summer.