Hopes further progress will now be made on new Garda regional HQ in Sligo

There are hopes that further progress can now be made on the building of a new garda regional headquarters in Sligo town.

It’s after difficulties have been resolved in getting a site of a new garda station in Clonmel in County Tipperary.

The delay in acquiring the Clonmel site affected progress in Sligo because both new stations are to go ahead with another new station in Macroom in County Cork in one bundle.

All three are to be built together as part of a public/private partnership.

A site at Caltragh has already been acquired for the new garda regional headquarters in Sligo, and this led to questions recently as to why there has not been more progress on the project.

A number of Sligo Councillors pointed out last week that there is no time frame for provision of the new station.

Independent Alliance Councillor Marie Casserly called for a progress report from the Office of Public Works and the Department of Justice.

And Fianna Fail Councillor Tom MacSharry proposed that the council write to the Justice Minister expressing their disappointment over, what he described as ‘the delay’ in providing the new Garda station.

Yesterday, in the Dail, Sligo/Leitrim Fine Gael Deputy Tony McLoughlin again raised the issue with the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, who outlined the up-to-date position.