Work begins on new garda HQ
WORK has started on the new €25 millon garda headquarters in Wexford town.
Contractors Duggan Construction, from Limerick, moved on to the old W.B.Nunn mill site on the Mulgannon Road on Monday (August 17) with the project to build the 4,000 square metre headquarters expected to take two years to complete.
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan told this newspaper last month that the new headquarters would meet the needs of a modern, professional garda organisation and would become an integral part of the community, enabling people to better interact with the gardai.
And she said that with the moratorium on new members of the gardai being appointed lifted and increasing numbers going through Templemore, Wexford could expect more officers to be posted as graduates came out of the garda training college.
The new headquarters will rise to five storeys at its highest point and will include a reception area and office, conference, training and event management facilities and accomodation for victim support.
Prisoner processing and custody areas with ancillary support areas are contained within a single storey bloc to the rear. The new station will also support garda operations at Rosslare Harbour.
Minister Brendan Howlin who, along with members of the old borough council including the then-Mayor Cllr George Lawlor, championed the cause of establishing the new station in Mulgannon, said recently that gardai stationed at the new headquarters will have as neighbours the very progressive Mary's GAA club, the presence of which was already helping transform an area of the town that had in the past been blighted by anti-social behaviour.