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Newcastle West Garda HQ – pictured above are Patrick O’Donovan, Fine Gael TD and Helen McEntee, Fine Gael TD and Minister for Justice with Newcastle West Gardaί.

Gardaí in Newcastle West are currently operating out of a temporary building on Churchtown Road

The Office of Public Works announced that a planning application has been submitted as of today, Thursday, 8 September 2022, for the demolition of the previous Garda station and the construction of a new District Garda HQ in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. 

Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan, T.D., along with Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee T.D. made the announcement at the site of the proposed new station in Newcastle West.

Minister O’Donovan said, “I am delighted to announce the lodgement of the planning application which shows our commitment to this programme of planned construction for a new purpose-built District Garda HQ in Newcastle West. Once completed, this building will enhance the public presence in the town while facilitating the policing infrastructure capacity for the region and the surrounding areas.”

Minister McEntee commented, “I am delighted that the wheels have been set in motion for the construction of this new Garda station in Newcastle West. Once completed, the station will provide a modern fit-for-purpose facility for Garda members and staff, further enhancing the service provided to the local communities.”

The new District Garda HQ in Newcastle West will consist of a new 3 storey building. It will replace the old Garda station on the site and will provide the operational, functional and accommodation requirements demanded by the new Garda operation model. It will also offer the opportunity to improve utilisation of a state-owned property.

The design proposal for the new station is of a three-storey brick building located to the front of the site maximising the secure yard to the rear. The main volume of the building is set back from the street, with a single-storey pavilion placed to the front presenting a welcoming and accessible entrance for the public. The choice of brick reflects the material palette of other public buildings in Newcastle West. 

The project when completed will provide a new public entrance that is accessible to all.

The completed project will give Newcastle West and the Mid-West an additional policing infrastructure capacity to meet present and future demands.

The new station is vital to the provision of policing services in support of the wider Garda organisational strategy and to provide a more agile and responsive police service improving safety for local communities.

For more information on Newcastle West Garda Station, go HERE 

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