Sligo Garda Station to open custody suites later this year.

Sligo gardai hope to have new cells in which to hold prisoners at their station in Sligo town by the middle of this year.

The new so-called new ‘custody suite’ is part of renovations currently taking place in the station.

These include new locker and shower facilities that have just been completed and a public office.

Since October 2016, Sligo gardai have had to bring people they detain to Ballymote Garda Station because of the lack of holding facilities in Sligo, a practice that is a drain on both resources and garda time.

Chief Superintendent Aidan Glacken says the situation in Sligo Garda Station building is a legacy from bygone times.