Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon has called on the Government to commit funding to allow for the refurbishment of Tubbercurry Garda Station.  The current building dates back to 1960 and is now completely unfit for purpose.

Deputy Scanlon says the Government committed to “new and refurbished Garda Stations throughout the country, which will be critical to delivering effective policing”, in the Programme for Government and he wants to see this promise fulfilled.

Raising the issue with the Taoiseach in the Dáil this week, Deputy Scanlon said, “The situation at Tubbercurry Garda Station is completely unacceptable and needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.  There are major health and safety issues the building is no longer meets the needs of a functioning Garda Station.

“When it was built back in 1960 there was only one Garda Sergeant and three other Gardaí.  Today there are two Sergeants and eleven Gardaí and I understand there are plans to increase those numbers further.  Tubbercurry is the third busiest station in the Sligo-Leitrim division and it is difficult to understand how officers are expected to carry out their day to day duties in these conditions.

“The station has no interview room, office space, privacy or disabled access.  It’s a ridiculous situation – the Garda Building Unit has visited the station and is well aware of the situation but Government funding is needed to carry out the upgrade works.  The Programme for Government contains a commitment for “new and refurbished Garda Stations” and the Taoiseach must ensure that this commitment is upheld.

“The Taoiseach says the Minister with responsibility for the Office of Public Works will respond to this request.  I will be continuing to press the issue with Minister Sean Canney to ensure that the necessary works are approved and carried out as a matter of priority”, concluded Deputy Scanlon.