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Monday 22 October 2018

Renovated Stepaside Garda Station is set to re-open next June

Stepaside Garda Station
Stepaside Garda Station

The controversial garda station at Stepaside is expected to be "fully operational" by the end of next June.

An Garda Siochana and the Office of Public Works (OPW) have month decided that the existing station building is to be refurbished in favour of another touted option to use a prefab-style structure.

The decision is revealed in a briefing for the Dail's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) ahead of the OPW's appearance before TDs today.

Stroke

Transport Minister and local TD Shane Ross campaigned to bring the south Dublin station back into use, prompting opposition accusations of "stroke politics" when the decision was taken to re-open it along with five other stations.

The Government and Mr Ross rejected the claims.

The briefing document does not set out how much will be spent on the refurbishment, though the cost of a purpose-built station was put at around €1m by Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan during the summer.

In July, An Garda Siochana wrote to the Department of Justice seeking more than €2.5m for the re-opening of the six stations.

The briefing says the department confirmed funding provision, but it does not specify how much.

The agency is still said to be working with Garda Estate Management to agree a definitive project brief for each station.

The OPW had been asked to consider a modular building for the Stepaside site, but this would have required planning.

Earlier this month, the force said their agreement to refurbish the former station as "the most effective approach from a cost and time perspective".

No planning permission is needed for the work, and the OPW said the station "would be expected to be completed and operational by end of June".

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