A representative from the Department of Justice is to visit Sligo County Council next month to discuss the controversial decision not to go ahead with the long-promised new Garda station in Sligo.

A site had been purchased at Caltragh by the Office of Public Works to build a new Garda headquarters for the County.

The Sligo Garda station has been making headlines for years, due to poor state of the building on Pearse Road, with holes in the floors, no adequate toilet or locker facilities, and rodent issues, while the cells at the Garda station were closed in 2016 after being found in breach of health & safety regulations.

Gardai walked out of the station on Pearse Road in 2017 amid concerns about the state of the building, and a temporary public office was opened at another location in the town.

Five years ago, former Minister Frances Fitzgerald confirmed that Sligo was one of three towns that would have new Garda stations built under Public Private Partnerships, and two years ago, the OPW acquired a site in Caltragh for the new Garda headquarters.

However, it emerged earlier this year that plans for the new Garda station at Caltragh were shelved by the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, whose preference is for further upgrade works at the existing Garda station on Pearse Road.


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