231. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if funding will be made available in 2019 for the refurbishment of a Garda station (details supplied); if so, when this work will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10500/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, there has been unprecedented investment in An Garda Síochána in recent years in support of the Government’s commitment to ensure a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement and provide reassurance to citizens and deter crime.
The allocation to An Garda Síochána for 2019 is €1.76 billion and very significant capital investment is also being made in An Garda Síochána, including investment of €342 million in Garda ICT infrastructure between 2016 and 2021; and investment of €46 million in the Garda Fleet over the same period.
Considerable capital investment is also being made in the Garda estate. The Deputy will appreciate that 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. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.
The Garda Station Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016-2021 is an ambitious 5-year programme based on agreed Garda priorities, which continues to benefit over 30 locations around the country. The clear goal of this investment is to address deficiencies in the Garda estate and provide fit-for-purpose facilities for Garda members and staff as well as the public interacting with them.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the programme, which is based on agreed Garda priorities, does not include plans for refurbishment of Ronanstown Garda Station.
I am further informed by the Garda authorities that a determination on the need to refurbish Ronanstown or any other Garda station will be considered by An Garda Síochána in the context of the overall accommodation priorities, bearing in mind the ongoing expansion of the Garda workforce and in the context of the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.