To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide an update on the progress of a new divisional headquarters for An Garda Síochána in Galway; when construction is expected to commence; and if there are plans for realignment of districts in Galway City and County..
– Seán Kyne
The provision of a new Garda Divisional Headquarters in Galway was included in the special Government stimulus package announced in July 2012. It is intended that this project will be delivered by means of a Public Private Partnership and the necessary work involved is being undertaken by the relevant agencies.
As the arrangements to be put in place for Public Private Partnerships are complex, it is not possible at this stage to indicate when the specific elements of the project will be completed. However, I can assure the Deputy that they are being treated as a priority.
With regard to Garda Districts, the position is that, in accordance with the provisions of the Garda Síochána Acts, proposals to change Garda District geographical boundaries are a matter in the first instance for the Garda Commissioner and I am advised by the Garda authorities that there are currently no proposals to amalgamate or realign any Districts in Co. Galway.