Justice minister fails to give construction date for Sligo Garda Station

The Minister for Justice has failed to say when building work will begin on a new Sligo Garda Station.

Sligo Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin asked the minister to outline details for the construction for the station in a parliamentary question.

A site in Caltragh was secured for the new garda station in April last year but since then there has been no progress on building work for the new regional headquarters.

In October funding was approved for new custody facilities for prisoners at the current station as an interim measure to support members of the force.

A building with modern facilities has long been sought by rank and file members in Sligo who have staged a walkout in the past over conditions at the station.

In a parliamentary question to Justice Minister Charlie Flangan, Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked what the reason was for the delay in starting building work and when construction is due to begin.

Minister Flanagan says it was not possible to provide a timeframe for the completion of the project but said he could assure the Deputy that delivery of the new station though the Public Private Partnership arrangement ‘is being pursued as a priority’.

He said the development of the project is progressed under the auspices of the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA).

He added work is ongoing within his department and An Garda Síochána on the next stage of the programme and says they are engaging with the agency to move the project forward.

Harry Keaney
Ocean FM News