Longford-Westmeath TD. Gabrielle McFadden, has said that Minister of State Simon Harris’ visit to Athlone Garda Station last Thursday shows his commitment to the upgrade of the station building and its facilities.
“I would like to thank Minister Harris for responding to my invitation to view the existing station and to discuss the pressing need to provide funding to activate the upgrade of the station. This project is on the waiting list for a significant upgrade and existing facilities are clearly in need of modernisation for members of the force and the public.
“Along with Minister Harris, I am now going to meet with the Minister for Justice, Francis Fitzgerald, to discuss the need to have the project pushed up the priority list for further progression at the end of 2015 or early 2016.
“This is a significant capital project where work on the planning and design have already been undertaken by the OPW, based on a brief of accommodation provided by An Garda Síochána. As part of the development, a link building will be constructed between the existing Garda Station and the former Government Offices nearby.
“The construction work will take up to two years to complete with important jobs being provided during this phase.
“Separately, I’m also delighted that Minister Harris paid a visit on Thursday last to inspect the cut at Meelick near Banagher. This visit proved very productive with the Minister clearly seeing at first hand the need to undertake further remedial works in this area in order to help alleviate flooding of lands in parts of Athlone and the wider midlands.
“I will continue to work on this issue with the Minister and my colleague in Laois/Offaly, Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy.”