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Thursday 17 April 2014

Closed garda stations up for sale

The Old Harcourt Terrace Garda Station.
Pic Steve Humphreys
30th January 2014.
The Old Harcourt Terrace Garda Station. Photo: Steve Humphreys

THE first batch of closed garda stations to be put up for sale will go on the market next month and in March.

The chairperson of the Office of Public Works (OPW), Clare McGrath, said this was the first tranche of sales being considered by the State.

She told the Dail's Public Accounts Committee that there were 155 former garda stations for which it needed to find a use for.

Thirteen of these have already been handed over to local communities and eight have been taken over by other state bodies, she said.

The OPW has been in the process of hiring estate agents to sell off the remaining garda stations.

DISCUSSIONS

It has also been holding discussions with local authorities and the HSE to see if they have uses for some of the buildings, Ms McGrath told the committee.

She said the OPW "had to be strategic" about its plans to sell off more of the garda stations.

Each station sale is being considered on a case by case basis and some may not be sold if there are indications the market will improve in those areas.

The OPW did not reveal which specific garda stations would be sold off first.

However, it has previously said stations it is considering selling first are located in Cork, Galway, Clare, Tipperary, Leitrim, Roscommon and Meath.

No details were given as to how much the OPW hopes to raise from the sales.

Irish Independent

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