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Approval for new garda station in Limerick

PLANS to open a new garda station in a Limerick suburb have been approved.

Limerick Live understands that Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has green-lit the capital spend for a new facility in Castletroy.

And he's now tasked the Office of Public Works (OPW) with finding an appropriate site in the suburb.

While the proposal for a station was in the capital plan for 2025 to 2030, the funding of this was awaiting the sign-off from Commissioner Harris.

Although the approval of funding is a major hurdle cleared, there is still a long process to go through.

The scale of the development is not yet known. What's also unknown is whether an existing building will be repurposed, or it will be a new build.

After a site in Castletroy is identified by the OPW, planning permission will need to be sought. A company will then need to be formally contracted to deliver a new building or renovate an existing one.

But local Labour councillor Elena Secas has welcomed the news, and urged OPW bosses to start their search for a site as soon as possible.

"I am delighted that the Commissioner has approved the capital spend and tasked the OPW to find a site for a garda station in Castletroy. Castletroy is the fastest growing suburb area in Ireland, according to Google, and is in dire need of a garda station," she said.

"I have been campaigning on this issue for a long time and once it was confirmed that it was included in the 2025-2030 capital programme, I have been calling for its provision to be expedited given the increase in the population and the increase in antisocial behaviour. Given that this is now the remit of the OPW and is solely a matter for their office at this time, I urge the OPW to identify a site as a priority and to even consider vacant buildings in the area that could potentially accommodate a garda station, with a view to determining an appropriate location and delivering a Garda Station in Castletroy as a priority," added councillor Secas.

The news will no doubt be welcomed by people in the area, more than 2,000 of whom have signed a petition pushing for the facility.

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