Works on the reopening of Leighlinbridge Garda Station 'should be completed by 2019'

Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, has confirmed

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The building where Leighlinbridge Garda Station used to be

Works on the reopening of Leighlinbridge Garda Station should be completed by 2019, the Minister for Justice has confirmed.

Leighlinbridge station was closed back in January 2013 as part of a raft of cost cutting measures by the Government during the height of the recession.  

Minister Charlie Flanagan said a brief of requirements was provided to the OPW in relation to the reopening of Leighlinbridge Garda Station and five others across the country. 

The OPW has undertaken technical surveys to determine the works required to enable the Garda stations.

The Programme for a Partnership Government commits to a pilot scheme to reopen 6 Garda stations, both urban and rural.

Minister Flanagan said: "Design, planning (where required) and procurement for each of the 6 stations are now being progressed by the OPW, in conjunction with the Garda, in line with all applicable processes and procedures.

"Implementation of the programme and reopening of all 6 stations is being pursued as a priority and it is understood that the OPW expects works should be completed in each case in 2019."