THE government has announced that it is selling 40 Garda stations that have been closed down after admitting that the state can find no alternative use for the properties.
The closure of more than 100 stations nationwide caused outrage and concern in many rural communities due to a spate of burglaries in remote areas.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) today announced that it is seeking estate agents to sell the vacated properties.
Junior Minister Brian Hayes announced the scheme saying: “We have identified that there is no alternate State use for these properties and the process of selling the 40 former Garda stations marks the first phase of a disposal programme following on from the closure of 139 stations in the past 18 months.”
He said: “I have also received many request from various community groups across the country, expressing an interest in some of the former stations and I will be making a further announcement in relation to this in the middle of July.”
The stations are being offered to estate agents for sale in 21 lots.
Four stations are to be sold in the Cork and Galway areas – the most of any counties, while three are for sale in counties Clare, Tipperary, Leitrim, Roscommon and Meath.
Auctioneers interested in selling the properties have until July 19 to apply to the OPW.