Wednesday 13 November 2019

Thieves strip lead from garda headquarter site

LEAD has been stripped from the roof of a building on a site earmarked for a new garda headquarters, writes Caroline Crawford.

Thieves in Galway took the lead from the premises, which is currently under the control of the Office of Public Works.

The unoccupied building is on the Dublin road, across from the GMIT campus.

The theft was first noticed on Wednesday but it is not known when it occurred.

Gardai in Galway said yesterday they had not been alerted to the theft, but would investigate the matter.

Work is due to start next year on the €15m divisional and regional headquarters at Murrough in Renmore, on the east of the city.

Local Fine Gael politician Padraig Conneely said the incident showed how brazen thieves had become, adding that such thefts were increasingly common.

"There seems to be a high level of demand for lead. A building like this is a soft touch because it is vacant and easily accessed," he said.

"If I had been passing and saw people up on the roof of this building I would have passed no remark," he said. "I would have assumed that it was just someone carrying out repair work."

A spokesperson for the OPW did not answer queries on the building yesterday.

Irish Independent

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