‘No running water for 140 gardai, assistant commissioner, a superintendent and chief superintendent.’
‘No cells – prisoners have to be transported to station 15 miles away.’
‘Many heroic gardaí jumped into the Garavogue river and averted disaster by saving four lives.’
Sligo News File.
With little prospect of an early start on the construction of a new garda station in Sligo, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has reached out to Deputy Marc Mac Sharry to help in progressing the project.
In what some would view as a surprising move, Flanagan suggested that MacSharry “may well be in a position to assist the State authority in reaching agreement on the purchase of a suitable site” for the new station.
“I assure him of my interest in the matter,” said Flanagan.
MacSharry told the Dail that in Sligo “an existing, functional Garda station and regional headquarters responsible for policing in counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth, with 140 gardaí working in it, with an assistant commissioner, a superintendent and a chief superintendent, does not have running water, cells or shower facilities.”
He said that “towards the end of the summer many heroic gardaí jumped into the Garavogue river and averted disaster by saving four lives.”
Responding to Flanagan, MacSharry said,
“I am available to help, not that I have a site, but as a former practising auctioneer in the area, I know that there is no shortage of potential sites and that people made submissions following the call and the placing of adverts.”
Flanagan: “The OPW, together with Garda estate management, reviewed the proposals submitted earlier this year. A number of suitable sites have been identified as possible options for the development in Sligo. The OPW is actively progressing the acquisition of a suitable site, and it is understood the aim is to reach agreement on the purchase shortly.
MacSharry: “Perhaps, in order to progress the project, the relevant parties in the OPW might like to contact me, as well as Deputy Eamon Scanlon, Deputy Tony McLoughlin of Fine Gael and Deputy Martin Kenny of Sinn Féin. I am sure the other three Deputies will not mind me saying we will be delighted to push the issue as a matter of the utmost urgency. I appreciate the Minister’s offer in that regard. I will expect a call from somebody to assemble the four of us.”