Garda station sell-off begins as barracks snapped up
THE 'Great Garda Station Sell-Off' began in earnest yesterday when the first batch of eight old buildings finally went under the auctioneer's hammer in Dublin.
Five old garda barracks were snapped up by buyers at an afternoon auction, which took place at the offices of Ganly Waters estate agents.
Three other old stations were withdrawn from sale.
The buildings fetched between €55,000 and €260,000 as several buyers vied for a bargain.
The most successful sale for the state purse was the premises in Mallow, Co Cork, which fetched more than three times its €80,000 reserve when sold for €260,000.
Also sold were: l Grangemockler, Co Tipperary – reserve €55,999; sold for €103,000. l Baldwinstown, Co Wexford – reserve €68,000; sold for €75,000. l Lettermore, Co Galway – reserve €35,000; sold for €70,000. l Inchigeela, Co Cork – reserve €35,000; sold for €55,000.
Two former barracks in Co Longford, in Newtowncashel and Ardagh, along with another in Cloone, Co Leitrim, were withdrawn from sale.
An OPW spokesperson said that there may be negotiations regarding the eventual sale of those buildings.
The Newtowncashel station received a bid of €48,000 but the reserve was €55,000.
Ardagh had a reserve of €125,000 and Cloone was €55,000 but neither received any bids.
In 2013, the Office of Public Works announced plans to sell a total of 40 unoccupied stations around the country.
Other stations will go on the market in the coming months.
Also, 13 other former stations have been handed over to local groups for use as community centres.