Work to begin on new Bailieboro garda HQ
Works are set to begin on the long-awaited Bailieborough Garda Headquarters next month, years after the project was first mooted.
The news was confirmed by Fianna Fáil deputies for Cavan and Monaghan - Brendan Smith and Niamh Smyth - and Minister Heather Humphreys (FG) yesterday evening.
They were informed of the progress by the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O'Donovan.
The contract letter of acceptance for works on the station project has issued and it is expected work will commence on this project in early December.
It was early December last year when the tender process kicked off.
The proposed development will include the refurbishment of an existing protected structure and the construction of a new three-storey over basement extension to the existing building with associated services, landscaping and car parking facilities.
A delighted Deputy Niamh Smyth said she had been working on progressing the project since being elected to Dáil Éireann with successive Ministers.
"This is very welcome news especially for the gardaí working locally who deserve more modern up to date facilities in carrying out their important work,” she said.
Deputy Brendan Smith said that, once complete, the new building will provide "fit for purpose accommodation for the new Garda District Headquarters serving Bailieborough area".
Minister Humphreys, who only recently stepped down from the role of Minister for Justice when Helen McEntee returned from maternity leave, added: “Our gardaí in County Cavan do a wonderful job in keeping our communities safe. They deserve a station that is fit for purpose and so this development is a real positive step in the right direction.”