Former Limerick Garda Stations may be used for social housing

The former Garda Station in Galbally.

TWO former Garda stations in County Limerick that were due to be sold by auction next week have been withdrawn from sale and may now be redeveloped for social housing.

The Garda Stations in Galbally and Shanagolden were due to be auctioned on Thursday, February 16 as part of the Office of Public Works (OPW) disposal of surplus properties programme.

However, in a statement issued this morning, Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan, who is Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW, said the OPW will now proceed with valuations for both properties for further engagement with Limerick City and County Council.

“Last May, along with officials from the OPW, I met with Limerick City and County Council and Galbally Voluntary Housing Association at the former Garda Station to discuss its future use,” Minister O’Donovan explained.

“Discussions have taken place again in the last couple of weeks between the Association and Limerick City and County Council, and I welcome this positive engagement,” he added.

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The former Garda Station Shanagolden.