Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Aindrias Moynihan has expressed frustration and disappointment at the Justice Minister’s refusal to outline a commencement date for the construction of a new Garda Station for Macroom.
The provision of a new station was contained in the Garda Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016-2021, however no timeframe for the building works has been forthcoming from the Minister.
Deputy Moynihan said, “The current station in Macroom is not fit for purpose. The building, which used to be a former RIC barracks, is very cramped with Gardaí having to share one small toilet and shower. There are also no proper fire escapes.
“The Justice Minister announced plans to build a new station in Macroom over three years ago, but there has been virtually no progress since then.
“In his latest reply to me, Minister Flanagan says, “it is not possible to say at this stage when the stations will be completed”. Three years on from the announcement, this is simply not good enough. This is more of the same from Fine Gael; announce a project but don’t bother following up or seeing it through.
“Macroom has been earmarked as the new divisional headquarters for Western Cork; this should act as a catalyst to advance the project, but according to the Minister’s reply, this does not appear to be the case. I raised this issue with the Garda Commissioner earlier in the week at a Joint Policing Committee and he informed me that he will be pressing ahead with the new Garda regions, with Bandon remaining as the divisional headquarters until the Macroom station has been built.
“This government has allowed Macroom Garda Station to slip down the priority list. The current situation is not acceptable, the conditions in the station are not conducive to a productive working environment and a new building must be prioritised”, concluded Deputy Moynihan.