27-1-2016: REFURBISHMENT OF FORMER WICKLOW GARDA STATION
Simon Harris, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) officially welcomed the completion of the refurbishment of former Wicklow Garda Station on 25th January.
Speaking at the station, the Minister said, “I am delighted to be here in Wicklow today, to officially open this wonderfully restored Georgian Townhouse. Listed in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage for Co. Wicklow, this is the original Garda Station of Wicklow Town and has been restored by my Office, the Office of Public Works. The space will provide much needed administrative offices for the Wicklow Garda District along with facilities including conference and training rooms”.
Minister Harris commented that “The high standard of works which were carried out included the restoration of the original plasterwork and fittings together with the inclusion of a new lift and high tech systems, to ensure that the building was accessible and met all the required health and safety standards.
“Most important of all, this refurbished building provides local hard working Gardaí with improved accommodation to serve the community. The new meeting rooms in the Garda Station will be of benefit to the public as they will provide better facilities for meetings between local Garda management and community groups and individuals.”
Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. welcoming the completion of the major refurbishment of Wicklow Garda Station said “I congratulate all involved. This project is tangible evidence of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that we have a 21st Century network of Garda stations that ensures safe, modern working environment for Gardaí as well as fit-for-purpose facilities for visitors, victims and suspects and which is critical to delivering effective policing service and to tackling crime.”
Speaking ahead of the event, Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said “An Garda Síochána welcomes this refurbishment and extension of Wicklow District Headquarters. This work provides improved facilities for Garda members and staff, and for the public. There will be increased office space, and new meeting and training facilities.”
Minister Fitzgerald, noting that over the lifetime of the Garda Building & Refurbishment Programme 2016 – 2021 more than 30 key locations nationwide would benefit from direct Exchequer funding of more than €60 million with further investment being provided by way of a public private partnership added “this sustained investment when taken together with the over €67 million provided in Budget 2016 for the recruitment of 600 new Gardaí, the further €46 million of investment in vehicles and €205 million in Information and Communications Technology which will allow An Garda Síochána to deploy the latest cutting edge technologies in the fight against crime represent a step-change in investment in policing and willensure that the Gardaí can be provide an effective, visible and mobilepolicing service in every community throughout the country.”
Minister Harris concluded by saying that the additional facilities would “well serve the community in Wicklow as it is a busy District Headquarters for An Garda Síochána. I would like to extend my good wishes to the Gardaí stationed here and thank my own team in the OPW, the contractors and consultants for delivering this project for the town.”