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Site chosen for Carn Garda HQ 15.02.08

A SITE for the construction of a Garda HQ for north Inishowen has been identified in Carndonagh, it's been revealed.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) which is tasked with the construction and maintenance of Garda stations, is currently in the process of acquiring the site and is treating the project as a priority.
The information was revealed this week in the Seanad following a question by Moville-based Senator Cecilia Keaveney. It was also revealed that Inishowen now has a Garda tally of 90 officers compared to 77 six years ago with a total of 476 officers in Donegal as a whole.
Senator Keaveney said, as a TD, she had raised the issue of a Carn Garda HQ, a number of times.
"Minister Killeen speaking on behalf of the Minister for Justice informed the House that Carndonagh is now one of the priority locations on the Garda Síochána's building programme," she said.
When the site is acquired the OPW and Garda authorities will bring forward the necessary detailed planning for the new station.
Meanwhile, Minister Killeen confirmed that the personnel strength in the Buncrana Garda district including Buncrana, Burnfoot, Carndonagh, Clonmany, Culdaff, Malin, Moville and Muff, was up by 13 since 2002.
Senator Keaveney added: “I welcome the fact that personnel have increased, we also have a Traffic Corp and have two new major stations moving on.
"I am still aware of the need to keep our existing stations upgraded. We, as a community, want to keep Garda visibility to the core of our community policing agenda and our Garda deserve the best of facilities to work from. I look forward to continuing progress on both issues."
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