311. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice when she expects the refurbishment improvements works to a Garda station (details supplied) to be completed; when the station will commence operating as a community policing centre; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39035/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible under the law for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including decisions relating the Garda estate. In addition, the Office of Public Works (OPW) is responsible for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. As Minister, I have no role in these matters.
However to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have requested the information from An Garda Síochána. I am informed by the Garda authorities that the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the OPW.
The refurbishment works at Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station are ongoing, having recommenced in early May 2021 following the reopening of the construction industry and easing of public health restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The OPW has advised that the expected completion date of the construction programme at Fitzgibbon Street is 6 August 2021, following which the building will be handed back to An Garda Síochána for fit out and ICT installation. It is anticipated that the building will be completed for operation as a Garda station during the fourth quarter of 2021.