Dáil Éireann - Volume 486 - 28 January, 1998
Written Answers. - Garda Stations.
Mr. Durkan Mr. Durkan
481. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Finance the developments, if any, which have taken place in respect of the acquisition of a site and premises for the provision of a new Garda station at Leixlip, County Kildare, since 1 December 1997; the actual number of inquiries made by the relevant officials with the objective of acquiring this facility; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that present interim measures by way of extended services at the local Garda sub-office are unacceptable; the date he expects to be in a position to approve the acquisition of a site or  premises; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2242/98]
Minister of State at the Department of Finance (Mr. Cullen) Minister of State at the Department of Finance (Mr. Cullen)
Minister of State at the Department of Finance (Mr. Cullen): Since the decision to establish a Garda station in Leixlip, Office of Public Works officials have been in contact with all auctioneers and estate agents in Leixlip and have investigated a total of 11 properties, a number of which may prove capable of providing a suitable site for a new station. It is not possible, at this stage, to give any indication of when a suitable property might be acquired but the matter is being actively pursued.
Pending the provision of the new station, the Office of Public Works has negotiated a lease of the building of which the existing Garda station substation forms a part. This building will be fitted out to provide an upgraded Garda station in Leixlip. These works will commence in early February and will take approximately eight weeks to complete.
Dáil Éireann 486 Written Answers. Garda Stations.