208. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Justice the progress made on the development of a new Garda station in Kickham Barracks, Clonmel, County Tipperary; the further engagement that has taken place between her Department, the National Development Finance Agency and the OPW for this development; when is it envisaged that contracts will be awarded for construction; if the commencement date for construction and completion can be provided; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51698/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is, by law, responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána and for the effective and efficient deployment of Garda resources, including Garda stations.
Following a review of An Garda Síochána's accommodation requirements, the Commissioner decided that a Public Private Partnership (PPP) should proceed to deliver new stations in Macroom and in Clonmel.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the acquisition of the site for the development of a new station in Clonmel has been completed and that An Garda Síochána has provided a brief of requirements for the new station at Clonmel to the OPW so that it may develop designs for the new station, with associated costs.
The OPW has advised that a Part IX planning application for the new Garda Station in Clonmel was submitted in mid-October 2020 and, following assessment of a number of submissions received by the end of the six-week period, the planning application was granted in early 2021.
There is ongoing engagement between my Department, an Garda Síochána, the OPW and the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) (which is the procuring authority for PPPs) to progress the Garda PPP project, with a view to the tender process for this Garda PPP project commencing in 2022.