A delegation from Sligo County Council are seeking a meeting with the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and the new Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, to discuss the recent decision not to go ahead with the long-promised new Garda station in Sligo.

The issue was discussed at yesterday's monthly meeting of Sligo County Council.

 

The Sligo Garda station has been making headlines for years, due to poor state of the building on Pearse Road, with holes in the floors, no adequate toilet or locker facilities, and rodent issues, while the cells at the Garda station were closed in 2016 after being found in breach of health & safety regulations.

Gardai walked out of the station on Pearse Road in 2017 amid concerns about the state of the building, and a temporary public office was opened at another location in the town.

Five years ago, former Minister Frances Fitzgerald confirmed that Sligo was one of three towns that would have new Garda stations built under Public Private Partnerships, and two years ago, the OPW acquired a site in Caltragh for the new Garda headquarters.

However, it emerged last month that plans for the new Garda station at Caltragh have been shelved by the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris , whose preference is for further upgrade works at the existing Garda station on Pearse Road.

At yesterday's monthly meeting of Sligo County Council, FG Councillor Thomas Walsh submitted a motion calling for an urgent review of this decision.

The motion, which also proposed that a cross-party delegation of councillors request a meeting with Garda management to discuss the Sligo station, was passed.

Councillor Walsh, Cathaoirleach of the Sligo / Drumcliffe Municipal District, told Midwest news that the decision to axe plans for a new Garda station was very disappointing, for the force and for the general public....

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