106. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the stage a project (details supplied) is at; when this project will proceed to the next stage; the likely timescale for the awarding of the contract and construction; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40927/16]


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy will be aware that the Office of Public Works (OPW) has primary responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation and works closely with the Garda authorities in this regard. As Minister, I have no role in these matters.
As I indicated in my response to Parliamentary Question No. 129 of 29 November 2016, the OPW is progressing legal matters relating to the acquisition of a site for the proposed new Garda station in Bailieborough.
The Deputy will appreciate that, until these matters are complete, it is not possible to provide an exact timeline and details concerning procurement or costing of the new station.