445. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress made to date on the delivery of a new permanent Garda station in an area (details supplied) as outlined in Project Ireland 2040; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1144/19]
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, including responsibility for the formulation of proposals in relation to the opening and closing of Garda stations. In addition, 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 responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.
I understand from the Garda authorities that An Garda Síochána is currently engaging with the Dublin Port Company, the OPW and other relevant State stakeholders, regarding the provision of a single shared facility for all the State agencies with an operational requirement for a presence at Dublin Port.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that such a shared facility is expected to include office space for Garda Immigration Officers working in Dublin Port, rather than provision of a Garda station.