Work begins soon on reopening Rush Garda Station
It has finally been confirmed that work to bring Rush Garda Station back into use will begin in the first quarter of next year.
The Department of Justice has told Senator James Reilly that 'final sign-off has been given on the works required at Rush' and that 'it is understood that the contractor should be on site early in Q1 2019'.
Senator Reilly said: 'I am delighted that work will commence to refurbish Rush Garda Station with contractors on site in early 2019,
The Minister for Justice and the OPW have confirmed to me that the refurbishment work will start in Q1 2019, with a plan to reopen the Station in 2019.'
He said: 'I will be pressing the Department to have the station manned and operational with adequate Garda resources in 2019.' said
According to the Department of Justice: 'The programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation.
'This includes identifying and progressing any necessary remedial or refurbishment works required at individual stations.'
The Programme for a Partnership Government commits to a pilot scheme to reopen six Garda stations including Rush 'to determine possible positive impacts that such openings will have on criminal activity, with special emphasis on burglaries, theft and public order'.
Gardaí have provided the OPW with a brief on their requirements for the for the station.