MINISTER of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, has agreed a schedule for the replacement of the existing Garda Station in Newcastle West.
LIMERICK Fine Gael TD and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan invited Minister Moran to visit the Garda Station to see the conditions that the Gardaí, civilian staff and the public have to endure in the existing building.
He told the Limerick Post that Minister Moran agreed that a communication schedule on the progress being made by the project group would be provided regularly.
“I told him that since the station opened in the 1970’s, little or no change was made even though the population and size of its catchment area has grown and the number of personnel has also increased considerably,” he said.
“The Minister reiterated the OPW support for the timeframe and schedule for the project that will see alternative offices and accommodation being used over a period of time that will lead up to the station in Newcastle West being able to be replaced.”
Minister Moran also met with local Garda management and staff representatives.
“Newcastle West Garda Station is a District Headquarters covering a huge geographical area and the station is not up to standard. For over twenty years it has been left get to the position it now is. I’m glad that the two key Ministers, Charlie Flanagan and Kevin Boxer Moran, have now seen the station, have met the representatives, seen the conditions and agreed a schedule, “ he concluded.