Local Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan has welcomed the news that refurbishment works will take place on accommodation blocks at Templemore’s Garda College. The OPW has appointed a Design Team to prepare tender documentation for the remedial works necessary to meet current fire safety standards and it is envisaged that tenders for this project will be invited mid-September 2012.
Deputy Coonan said: “I am in close contact with Minister of State Brian Hayes about advancements for the Garda College. The position is that following a routine maintenance call-out last March, the Office of Public Work’s local District Inspector discovered fire safety issues in the accommodation blocks of the Garda Training College.
“OPW subsequently met with the Deputy Garda Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner and agreed that OPW would conduct a full survey of the premises and devise a solution to remedy the fire safety defects in the College. This survey subsequently identified works necessary in the attic spaces, to the bedroom walls and in the service ducts,” said Deputy Coonan. “I also want to warmly welcome the fact that the college is fully booked up with courses running from September to Christmas and beyond. The college is full to capacity due to various courses that are taking place and indeed plans are being progressed to maintain this high level of re-training and up-skilling throughout 2013.”
Deputy Coonan continued: “Great initiative is being shown by management at the Garda College under the direction of Superintendent Pat McCabe. Management are using great resourcefulness in times of financial difficulty. “I will continue to work with Minister Hayes to further advance possibilities at the Garda College which continues to have a vibrant and lively schedule,” concluded the local TD.