Government funding for new Sligo-based garda divisional HQ

New vehicles also being supplied to the region.

Sligo News File Online.

Feeney'sAs yet another Sligo business premises at Dromore West is burgled, the local Fine Gael TD, Tony McLoughlin has conveyed details of government plans for a new garda divisional headquarters in Sligo.

McLoughlin states that the Coalition announcement is “part of a national €60 million garda building and refurbishment programme to to build and refurbish existing garda stations.”

He said €5.3 million is also being allocated for the provision 260 garda vehicles to stations throughout the country.

The Deputy added; “Continued investment in An Garda Siochana is vital…”

It will be recalled that the Coalition didn’t accept there was a need for then existing rural crime fighting and public protection facilities when they went about closing local garda stations throughout the rural countryside.

Blair Feeney, the owner of the premises to which a gang gained entry during last night, said he believed there were at least five persons involved in the burglary. They accessed the premises using heavy duty equupment to cut their way through the roof of the building. A safe was broken open during the raid, he said

Gardai are investigating the incident.

The break is one of several carried out by gangs. There is widespread fear in the region that, with local garda stations set to remain closed, the virtually uncontrolled crime spree is destined to continue.