Dáil Éireann - Volume 550 - 20 March, 2002

Written Answers. - Garda Stations.

  306. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Finance the position regarding the provision of the proposed new Garda station at Leixlip, County Kildare; if full and final agreement has been reached with all other agencies with a view to early commencement of site works; if there are outstanding matters likely to delay the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8999/02]

  317. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Finance the full extent of negotiations, agreements, discussions and conclusions arrived at or pending in the matter of the acquisition of a building or site for location of a promised new garda station at Leixlip, County Kildare; the procedures in detail followed to date in this request; the action required and likely to be taken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9295/02]

  Minister of State at the Department of Finance (Mr. Cullen): I propose to take Questions Nos. 306 and 317 together.

  The Office of Public Works has been trying to acquire a site for a Garda station in Leixlip for some time past.

  Kildare County Council had agreed to make a site available at Newtown House, however, an appeal was lodged with Bord Pleanála against the demolition of Newtown House. The appeal was upheld.

  An advertisement was placed in national and local papers in October 2000 followed by a selection process from which a site adjacent to the local Catholic church and the local gaelscoil was considered suitable. Negotiations on the acquisition of this site have proved problematic. While some of the difficulties that arose have been resolved, there remains the question of whether vehicular access can be made compliant with local authority standards. It seems unlikely that this issue can be resolved to our satisfaction.

  A further trawl of estate agents was carried out. Another site was identified and an offer placed on it; we are awaiting a response. Until agreement is reached on one or other site, it is not possible to say what actions are likely to be taken.