The Office of Public Works (OPW) has taken possession of the National Irish Bank building in Bailieborough for the development of the new regional Garda headquarters.
A delighted Fine Gael Senator Joe O'Reilly confirmed the news to The Anglo-Celt this afternoon following the completion of the contracts for the sale of the building.
“The local community in Bailieborough, and residents throughout the entire Garda district, have had too long to wait for the new regional Garda headquarters to be delivered. With the sale of the National Irish Bank site now having been completed, and the building now being under the ownership of the Office of Public Works, it is vital that works begin as soon as possible to make this new regional Garda headquarters in Bailieborough a reality for local residents.
“It is of the utmost importance that the hard-working men and women of An Garda Síochána are provided with the support and resources they need to carry out their daily duties on behalf of every citizen in Cavan, Monaghan and throughout the country. Ensuring they have the infrastructure, and the new station they require is vital, and I am pleased that we are now one step closer to delivering this for our local Gardaí and residents in Bailieborough and throughout our Garda district.
“I will continue to work in the Seanad to make sure that there are no delays in the delivery of the new regional Garda headquarters for Bailieborough, and I will closely monitor the progress of this project until our new Garda station is finally open.”
Local Fine Gael councillor Carmel Brady also welcomed the conclusion of the sale.
“This is absolutely great news – I know we have been waiting for it for a long time -the funding for the project was sanctioned under the FG lead Government. It would be great to get the project up and running. I understand that the start time is could well be the summer time of this year. Some people had been saying they would never live to see it, but hopefully now with all the paper work signed, that the building work can commence,” she said.