The restoration and refurbishment of the existing garda station and the former Social Protection building is a much needed project for Athlone, said Deputy Kevin “Boxer” Moran.
Phase one of the work incorporated the complete restoration and refurbishment to the former social protection building, which is now completed, while phase two will see the restoration of the existing garda station building.
Deputy Moran expressed his delight at the successful completion of Phase 1 of the works. He said; “I am pleased to be in my home town today to view the completed works on Phase 1 of the refurbishment of Athlone Garda Station.
“This is a much needed project for the town which involves the complete restoration and refurbishment of the existing garda station and the former social protection building next door. A new link building between these buildings will provide a new entrance that is accessible to all and incorporates new facilities for the gardai.”
An Garda Síochána will now relocate to the newly refurbished social protection building in advance of the commencement works for Phase 2.
A final element will consist of the linking of both buildings and the removal of temporary installations in the former social protection building.
The minister went on to say, “An Garda Síochána will remain operational from its existing location on Barrack Street throughout the entire construction works, which are expected to be completed in early autumn 2020.”