Momentum for new Clonmel Garda Station must be maintained and delivered – Mattie McGrath TD

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the commitments given by the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald that a new Garda Station for Clonmel will definitely proceed following concerns around delays in progressing the project. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister visited the existing Station on Emmet Street yesterday following an invitation he had extended to her in the last fortnight:

“I was delighted to hear the Minister give such solid assurances around the resolution of the OPW and other legal issues that related to the transfer of the site to Kickham Barracks, especially since I was told in 2015 that there would be at least a four year delay before the completion of the new Station.

The development of a new District Headquarters Garda Station for Clonmel is something I have been championing for many years now. Funding for it was initially promised in 2012 by then Minister Shatter and Minister of State Tom Hayes; this never materialised despite a public statement by Tom Hayes that funding would be provided in the next round of the 2012 Capital Funding.

If the four year delay materialises, this will effectively mean that the new Garda Station in Clonmel will arrive at least seven years after initial funding had been ‘promised’.

That cannot be allowed to happen and so I will certainly continue pressing the Minister on the commitments she gave us yesterday.

The Gardaí in Clonmel under the excellent leadership of Superintendent William Leahy and the broader Tipperary Division need the delivery of this project if they are to serve the people of the county in a building that is modern and fit for purpose,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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