57. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to provide funding for the renovation and upgrading of Garda stations in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9286/16]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Office of Public Works (OPW) has the primary responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation and works closely with the Garda authorities in this regard.
I am happy to inform the Deputy that the provision at Naas Garda Station of a new property and exhibit management storage facility was included in the Garda Station Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016-2021, which I announced in late October 2015 with my colleague the Minister of State at the Office of Public Works.
The Programme will be delivered by the Garda authorities in cooperation with the Office of Public Works and will benefit over thirty locations around the country. It includes major refurbishment of Garda stations and facilities, including facilities for meeting victims of crime, essential remedial works to existing stations, development of large scale property and exhibit management stores, the upgrade of cells and the provision of improved custody management facilities.