Cork North West TD, Aindrias Moynihan has criticised the slowness in delivering the new Macroom Garda Station by the Government and the Minister for Justice and Equality.
Deputy Moynihan was commenting after receiving an update from the Minister for Justice via way of a parliamentary question on the matter.
“Unfortunately, despite the site being acquired already for the Macroom project, we are still no further along the road to having a new station open to the public.
“This is, I believe, a direct result of tying in the Macroom project with the delivery of new stations in Clonmel and Sligo.
“The use of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to deliver these three stations is a positive development. However, the failure to acquire sites for the stations in Clonmel and Sligo should not be allowed to slow down construction of the Macroom station.
“Minister Flanagan needs to work to speed up the delivery of the new station in Macroom.
“It was his Government that agreed to the terms of the PPP with the private developers, so his attempts ‘to wipe his hands clean won’t wash with the public.
“The local community have been waiting for this new station for some time, and so too have the Gardaí who are tasked with policing the local area.
“We need movement on this project, and I am calling on the Minister to stop washing his hands of this matter,” concluded Moynihan.