TD demands Government include new Sligo garda headquarters in National Plan

‘140 gardai and Assistant Commissioner currently working in unsafe conditions.’

‘Survey revealed existing building unsafe, no drinking water, antiquated heating, ‘third world’ toilets, no washing facilities in cells.’

‘Gardaí so frustrated members of the GRA refused to enter the building in November last year.’

Sligo News File.

Seriously folks, what can Sligo expect from the National Planning Framework when the Government has consistently failed even to provide a proper building for the local Gardai to date.

Marc MacSharry TD

Currently, some 140 gardai and an Assistant Commissioner are working in what a local TD has described as unsafe conditions. Marc MacSharry said a survey of the Regional Headquarters on Pearse Road had revealed that there was no drinking water, heating was antiquated, toilet facilities were “third world,” and cells had no washing facilities or adequate ventilation. There were also invasions of rats.

“The situation…is completely unacceptable,” he said.

Gardaí, he said, had “became so frustrated with the situation that members of the GRA refused to enter the building on the 20th November last year. These are people who put their lives on the line for the citizens of this country every day. The very least they deserve is a basic standard of working conditions.”

Yet, two years on from the date of the survey “progress on the construction of a new building has been minimal.” This, said MacSharry, is despite Sligo being identified as one of three locations where stations would be built as far back as 2015.

The Fianna Fail Deputy is now insisting that the new building must be included in the National Plan which is scheduled to be launched when the Taoiseach and the Cabinet travel to Sligo later today.

He said, “A new building for Sligo Garda Station must be included in this plan. Any attempt to push it down the line will not be tolerated and will further expose the government’s lip service and lack of appetite for rebuilding rural Ireland.”