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Monday 14 October 2019

St Bridget's still in talks over old Garda Station

The old Garda Station building on Roche’s Road
The old Garda Station building on Roche’s Road

Pádraig Byrne

Talks between the OPW and St Bridget's Day Care Centre are continuing as they hope to reach an agreement over occupying the neighbouring old Garda Station building on Roche's Road.

Since the gardaí moved into their new base in Mulgannon, the building on Roche's road has rapidly fallen into a state of disrepair, with windows boarded up, mesh fencing blocking off the entrances and huge weeds taking root and sprouting up over the walls.

In a recent pow-wow in the Dáil between Fianna Fáil TD and Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, the Minister for the OPW stated that talks in relation to the vacant Garda Station were ongoing, specifically mentioning St Bridget's Centre.

Sean Kinsella from the centre confirmed that this is the case and they are currently undertaking some research to examine the feasibility of such a move.

'We're most definitely interested,' he said.

'If it's available, we would certainly want to take it. The problem is that it would cost a lot of money. It would take a lot to bring it up to code and it's a listed building. There are a lot of regulations and you'd probably be looking at putting in new fire doors, new wiring, and maybe a lift and a fire escape. Obviously that would cost quite a bit so we'd have to do some fundraising and look for the support of the people of Wexford. It would be a big undertaking.'

Mr Kinsella says that they are currently looking at various reports from architects etc with a view to making a move for the vacant premises.

'It would be great,' he said.

'We are tight for space here. In particular we'd love to get the yard around the back and maybe put in a nice garden for the old people and the kids.'

'We're looking at all the reports and hopefully there will be a positive outcome.'

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