County Limerick district policing ‘will not be negatively impacted’ by station development

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

The Superintendent and the administration staff for the Newcastle West Garda District have now transferred to Askeaton garda station

The Superintendent and the administration staff for the Newcastle West Garda District have now transferred to Askeaton garda station

CLEARING the site of the Newcastle West garda station in County Limerick to begin building a new one is expected to begin within 12 months. 

Speaking at Askeaton Garda Station this Monday, Superintendent John Deasy said that clearing of the site in November 2019 had been agreed “within the strategy”.

“Estimated rebuild time is 18 months,” he said. 

The Superintendent and the administration staff for the Newcastle West Garda District have now transferred to Askeaton garda station and over the coming months, other garda members stationed in Newcastle West will transfer to nearby garda stations. 

Once Newcastle West Station closes, a neighbouring premises in Churchtown will be open for anyone requiring station services. This will be open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“As District Officer I will continue to oversee the entire district,” Superintendent Deasy said.

“The policing of the District and indeed my availability to the people of Newcastle West will not be negatively impacted. Newcastle West Garda station can still be contacted on 069-20650 and post will be redirected to Askeaton Garda Station, Chapel Road, Askeaton, Co. Limerick.”

The Limerick Leader reported last week that an architect is expected to be appointed within weeks and other consultants by the end of the year. The full design team is expected to be in place by the beginning of 2019 and the first on-site meeting is expected to take place in Newcastle West before the end of December. 

If all goes to plan, the new, two-storey building will be ready for built and ready for occupation by mid-2021.