New Wexford garda station contract to be signed 'imminently'
FOLLOWING protracted delays, contracts are due to be signed 'imminently' for the town's new state-of-the art garda station at Mulgannon.
The already-delayed project had been due to get under way in April, but the development was set back for several months when issues arose around the contracts.
A contractor from Limerick is the preferred tenderer.
The current garda station is extremely dilapidated and members of the force have been working in sub-standard conditions there for some time.
No decision has yet been made on what to do with the existing Roche's Road barracks.
The new station and headquarters, on a seven-acre site behind Tesco, was originally planned for a site bought by the OPW on the Rosslare Road.
The long-awaited project was initially delayed by a lack of funding as well as negotiations over its location with the OPW purchasing a €1.2 million site in Roxborough in 2008, despite objections from Wexford's five TD's and local authority members who argued for the station to be built within the town.
Four years later, an alternative NAMA-held site in Nunn's Lane was identifed by senior gardai with the support of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. To facilitate the project, Wexford Borough Council bought the NAMA site and handed it over to the OPW in a land swap deal.