No progress on new Garda Station for Bailieborough – Smyth

Gardai“A little less spin and a little more action needed”

 Fianna Fáil Deputy Niamh Smyth says she is disappointed that there is no movement on the building works on the new Bailieborough Garda Station.

“As rural crime escalates, Brexit concerns rise and massive changes in our Garda Divisional Structure ensue we need reassurance and clarity on this project.  It is unfair to expect Gardaí to operate in these inadequate and antiquated circumstances. It affects morale within the force,” says Niamh Smyth TD

“Since my election to Dáil Eireann in 2016 I have been pressing this matter. This project has been stonewalled at every stage if you ask me. From acquisition to planning. We are 15 months on since the site was announced, and planning sought and yet we still remain to see a boarded up building that was the former National Irish Bank in our town.”

“I have consistently asked the Minister for a timescale for completion of the works but the Government have refused to give me any dates. It would be nice to actually see construction works begin. We are hearing announcement after announcement by this Government but little action. The people of Bailieborough need to see these works start and be completed – providing them with a base for East Cavan going into the future.”

Deputy Smyth continued, “As rural crime escalates, Brexit concerns rise and massive changes in our Garda Divisional Structure ensue we need reassurance and clarity on this project.  It is unfair to expect Gardaí to operate in these inadequate and antiquated circumstances. It affects morale within the force.”

“Serious safety concerns have been highlighted about the existing Garda Station. We are almost four years on after the announcement of a new building and 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,” concluded Deputy Smyth.

 

 

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