182. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if funding will be approved for the refurbishment of a Garda unit (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41020/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has the responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. As Minister I have no direct role in the matter.
I can confirm that accommodation for the Garda Water Unit in Athlone is included in the Garda Station Building and Programme 2016-2021.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the OPW has developed a scheme to provide for suitable accommodation for personnel attached to the Garda Water Unit, which will cater for the needs of the Water Unit both in respect of office facilities as well as all other accommodation requirements related to their role and function.
I understand from the Garda authorities that the main contract in relation to these works is currently out to tender. The next phase will be for the OPW to engage in tender assessment and evaluation. I am informed that it is not possible at this stage to advise on a specific commencement date for the works in question, until such a time as tenders are assessed and evaluated.