'Pigeons and rats infest our horrendous Garda stations'
Rank-and-file gardaí say working conditions at some stations are "horrendous" and have demanded management rectify the situation.
Members of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) raised the issue at its annual conference in Killarney yesterday.
Officers from four areas -Clonmel, Macroom, Sligo and Newcastlewest - highlighted the issue of poor working conditions around the country.
Garda Tom Finan, from the Tipperary division, said there were 53 members of Garda rank working out of Clonmel station, which was in very poor condition.
There were no facilities for female gardaí, who must share a locker room with their male colleagues. Because this issue had been raised repeatedly locally, a new locker room was being built "in a shed out the back".
He added not only was space at a premium in the station, pigeons and rats were also an issue.
A rat had come up through a toilet in a cell, and droppings regularly needed to be cleaned up at the station, he said.