345. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if provision has been made in budget 2018 for essential renovations to a Garda station (details supplied) in County Sligo in view of the fact that funding was originally allocated for the renovations in the budget 2017 and the work did not commence that year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9908/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that 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.
This includes identifying and progressing any necessary remedial or refurbishment works required at individual stations. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.
The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Síochána Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016 – 2021, which is an ambitious 5 year building Programme reflecting the priorities of An Garda Síochána, will benefit some 30 locations throughout the State. This Programme is in addition to the investment of some €100 million for the construction of 3 new Divisional Regional headquarters in Dublin (Kevin Street), Wexford (completed) and Galway.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that, while the Programme does not include provision for the Garda station to which the Deputy refers, An Garda Síochána is currently liaising with the OPW in relation to options for improving the accommodation situation in the station.