The costs associated with the security and maintenance of 10 closed stations in the Cavan-Monaghan Garda District is almost €11,000 per year, The Anglo-Celt can reveal. News of the costs come as the downgrade of the Ballyconnell Garda District to be amalgamated with that of Cavan Town, and the closure of Redhill’s Garda Station are confirmed to take place from November 10 next month.
A total of €10,917.06 is spent per annum in the upkeep of Bawnboy, Stradone, Tullyvin and Finea former garda stations in County Cavan, and Clontibret GS, Corrinshigagh, Newbliss, Shantonagh, Scottstown and Smithborough stations in neighbouring Monaghan. Bawnboy and Stradone were among five stations to close in the Cavan-Monaghan district in January earlier this year, while Redhills was also listed but kept open. Redhills’ station is die to be fully decommissioned next month, while both Tullyvin and Finea have been advertised for disposal by the Office of Public Works. The Commissioner of Public Works is currently assessing the options arising in respect of other vacant State-owned buildings.
It costs the exchequer over €190,000 per year to maintain and secure some 152 former garda buildings nationwide.
The closures announced earlier this year coincided with the Garda District Consolidation Programme, which sought the amalgamation of 28 Garda districts, including the merger of Cavan and Ballyconnell.
The Ballyconnell into Cavan amalgamation was due to take place earlier this year but for the station to be used as one of a number of primary bases of operations in coordinating security measures during the recent G8 summit of world leaders held in the Lough Erne Resort in nearby Enniskillen.
The extra security of having it as a base of operations was also relied upon with members of the American delegation to the summit in Fermanagh staying in the local Slieve Russell Hotel.
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