County Wexford is to get a new state-of-the-art Garda Divisional headquarters in Wexford town. After many years of negotiating with the development of the new station, the contracts were signed on Friday 3rd June for the construction of the brand new building.
(Photo: Courtesy George Lawlor)
The new Garda Headquarters will be build at Mulgannon, Wexford town. Signing of the contracts took place yesterday in the presence of Minister Brendan Howlin TD and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’ Sullivan along with other senior garda officials from the Wexford Division.
Photo: (Minister Brendan Howlin and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’ Sullivan)
The project, which will cost €29 million was due to get underway in April, however, there were a number of development set-backs which held up the process. The new building will be built on a seven-acre site.
The current garda station is said to be in disrepair and members of the force have been working in sub-standard conditions there for some time. The long-awaited project was initially delayed by a lack of funding as well as negotiations over its location with the OPW purchasing a €1.2 million site in Roxborough in 2008, despite objections from Wexford’s five TD’s and local authority members who argued for the station to be built within the town.
Photo: (Current Garda Station, Wexford)
Four years later, an alternative NAMA-held site in Nunn’s Lane was identified by senior gardai with the support of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. To facilitate the project, Wexford Borough Council bought the NAMA site and handed it over to the OPW in a land swap deal.
(Photos: Courtesy George Lawlor)