Still tiome to choose best site for Garda headquarters
Issued : Wednesday 19 October, 2005
Areas : Wexford
The Minister of State for Public Works, Tom Parlon TD, told me in the Dail on Tuesday that an access issue has arisen in relation to the site at Roxborough chosen for the new Garda Divisional HQ for Wexford/Wicklow.
This issue has been sent to the Chief State Solicitor for advice. It is clear that this will considerably delay the progress of this important project for Wexford.
I have asked both Minister Tom Parlon and the Justice Minister, Deputy Michael McDowell to move immediately to the site available in Clonard which would allow the new Garda headquarters to proceed without delay.
This would provide a Garda base in the centre of the community and be in accordance with the wishes of all public representatives, community groups and local authorities.
Earlier this year Minister Parlon said that money was available this year to acquire a site and that capital monies to build the Garda Station would be available next year. It is important that we maintain the momentum to provide appropriate facilities to An Garda Siochana in Wexford and would move swiftly to build the Garda Station where it can most good.
Parliamentary Question: October 18, 2005
387. Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Finance if the Office of Public Works has acquired a site for the new Garda divisional headquarters in Wexford town; the location of the site and the amount paid; if the views of local public representatives were taken into account in deciding on the best site; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29223/05]
Minister for Finance (Mr. Cowen): A site for a new Garda divisional headquarters in the Roxborough area of Wexford town is currently under consideration. An access issue in relation to the site has arisen which requires to be resolved before the legal formalities can be finalised.
The final decision on the selection of the site for the new Garda headquarters in Wexford is a matter for the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. As part of making its decision, it will take account of a range of views and considerations, including the technical assessment of the OPW and the legal advice of the Chief State Solicitor.
Brendan Howlin TDThe Labour PartySpokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Northern Ireland
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