407. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a new Garda station is being considered within an area (details supplied) in County Dublin by the Garda Accommodation Board. [54177/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána and for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána. This includes responsibility for the formulation of proposals in relation to the opening and closing of Garda stations, taking into account crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.
I can confirm to the Deputy that the Garda Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016-2021 does not include provision for development of a new Garda station at Cherrywood.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the determination of the need for a new Garda Station at any location, including Cherrywood, would be considered by An Garda Síochána in light of a range of factors including policing priorities and the overall accommodation requirements of the organisation, including in the context of the ongoing expansion of the Garda workforce.