Fianna Fáil Deputy Niamh Smyth says she is flabbergasted at the news that the planning stages for the new Garda District Headquarters in Bailieborough have still not concluded.
Deputy Smyth commented, “Over the past number of months I have submitted a series of Parliamentary Questions to the Justice Minister , and the latest replies reveal that we are still no further on in relation to works beginning on the new Garda Station for Bailieborough. In fact, Minister Charlie Flanagan has informed me that the planning process has still not concluded. However he acknowledged that public consultation period ended on the 11th of September.
“This project is so badly needed in the District. I understand there are processes to be followed for a new building, but the fact remains that the people of Bailieborough have been waiting for this new station for way too long. The government has dragged its heels at every opportunity – this project was first announced in October 2015 and more than three years later we are still waiting for delivery. It could take another 18 months to two years to complete. The timeline remains unclear because the Minister keeps refusing to give me a completion date.”
Deputy Smyth continued, “As rural crime escalates, it is unfair to expect Gardaí to operate in these inadequate circumstances. It affects morale within the force. I understand that no trainee Gardaí can be stationed in Bailieborough because the town has no supervisory Sergeants.
“Serious safety concerns have been highlighted about the existing Garda Station. Three years after the announcement of a new building we are still waiting for work to begin. This is an unacceptable situation and I am urging Minister Flanagan to ensure this project is progressed without any further delay.”
Note to Editor: Please find Parliamentary Question attached on this matter for your review.
For Written Answer on : 03/10/2018
Question Number(s): 121 Question Reference(s): 40194/18
Department: Public Expenditure and Reform
Asked by: Niamh Smyth T.D.
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the construction works at the new Bailieborough Garda station; the completion date for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
A Planning Application for this development commenced on 31 August 2018, under Part 9 of the Planning and Development Regulations. The period of public consultation ended on 11 September 2018. It is expected that this process will be concluded shortly.
At this point in time it is not possible to give a definitive completion date for the construction of the new Station until i) the Planning process, ii) the required Public Procurement process and iii) Contract Award are complete.