744. Deputy Pa Daly asked the Minister for Justice if approval will be given for a Garda station in a location (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10382/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the effective and efficient use of Garda resources. This includes responsibility for the formulation of proposals in relation to the opening and closing of Garda stations and the manner in which Gardaí are to be distributed and stationed throughout the State. 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.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the determination of the need for a new Garda Station in Milltown, Co. Kerry, and other locations, will be considered by An Garda Síochána in the context of the overall accommodation requirements arising from the ongoing expansion of the Garda workforce, the implementation the reforms outlined in A Policing Service for our Future and the implementation of the new Garda Operating Model. These factors will inform the accommodation priorities of An Garda Síochána over the years 2022-2028.