Future of Bailieborough Garda Station still no clearer – Reilly
Speaking in the Seanad today on the need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to provide an update on the consultation and evaluation process for a new Garda station in Bailieborough, Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly got no conclusive response on when the area can expect its new Garda facility.
Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Reilly said:
“Bailieborough has been in need of a new Garda Station for a long time; a new station with modern and appropriate accommodation. And the citizens of the area need to be confident in the premises in which law and order of the area is being upheld.
“The station has long been unsuitable for policing purposes - a recent report used terms like “Third World”, “hazardous” and a “health risk”. However, what is most worrying is the fact that conditions were said to breach station security. The new Garda station is badly needed and long overdue. The Minister needs to ensure that the OPW in their deliberations are cognisant of the necessity for providing this new accommodation as quickly as possible.
“I understand the Office of Public Works is evaluating a number of proposals for a new Garda station in Bailieborough. As yet, a date for the conclusion of the evaluation process has not been set but the OPW say, in consultation with An Garda Síochána, that they will advance the process as quickly as possible. We have been told that it will be afforded urgent priority. But, it is nearly two months since the deadline for applications.
“It is imperative that the public and those who work in the station are given an idea when a decision will be reached. I appreciate there are a great deal of considerations to be made in respect of assessment of the applications, but there should be some clarity afforded on the decision process. Realistically, the decision on where to base the new barracks will only be one part of the long process, there will still be all the other factors to implement.
“We are most anxious to see that this much-needed facility is progressed for staff who have to work there, as well as for the general public. The new facility should be provided as a matter of urgency.”