484. Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Justice the position in relation to the plan to build a new Garda station for the Coolock district. [27556/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Office of Public Works (OPW) has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. Works in relation to Garda accommodation are progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the OPW. As Minister for Justice I have no direct role in these matters.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that there has been an exploratory discussion with Dublin City Council (DCC) in relation to the possible development of a new Garda station to service the greater Belmayne, Clongriffin, Coolock and Darndale areas of the Dublin Metropolitan Region North Division.
The determination of the need for the development of a new Garda Station in the Coolock District, or at any other location, will be considered in the context of the overall accommodation requirements arising from the ongoing expansion of the Garda workforce, and the availability of capital funding, as well as the implementation of ‘A Policing Service for our Future’ and the new Garda Operating Model, which will inform the accommodation priorities of An Garda Síochána over the years 2022-2030.