234. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the opening date for a new Garda station in an area (details supplied); the number of gardaí that will be stationed there; the opening hours of the station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8242/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, 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 and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
The Deputy will be aware that the development of a new Garda station for Glanmire is included in the Garda Station Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016-2021, which is an ambitious 5 year programme, based on agreed Garda priorities, designed to benefit over 30 locations.
I understand from the Garda authorities that the project is currently at tendering stage which is being managed by the OPW. I am informed that the OPW is not yet in a position to be definitive as to when the contract will be placed. It is anticipated, however, that construction works will take up to 9 months following the award of the contract.
As to the question of opening hours and assignment of personnel to the proposed station, the Deputy will appreciate that this is a matter for the Garda Commissioner to determine in due course having regard to available resources and operational needs as identified by local Garda management.