Minister McEntee attends official opening of Athlone Garda Station

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan both attended the official opening of the new-look Athlone Garda station on Monday.

Minister McEntee welcomed the fact that the Garda station has been renovated, saying: “I am delighted to be here on what is a great day for this community. In recent years Athlone has steadily become an urban hub for the Midlands and seen substantial population growth. Therefore, it is important that Gardaí stationed here have access to the resources and facilities required to police the expanding townlands and rural areas”.

She added that supporting the work of An Garda Síochána is a priority for her Department and that this year’s “unprecedented budget” of “in excess of €2 billion reflects that commitment”.

  The new station falls within the Athlone District which is comprised of Athlone Garda Station plus the sub-districts of Moate, Glasson, Kilbeggan and Ballymore.

The Athlone District is currently servicing a population of 26,100 residents with the heaviest concentration of the population in Athlone town itself.

Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan also addressed those present.

He said: “I am very pleased that the completed project gives Athlone and the Midlands additional policing infrastructure to meet present and future demands.

“The Office of Public Works worked very closely with An Garda Síochána in Athlone throughout the project to ensure that they could remain operational on the site during the construction work.

“The reopened station has not only increased substantially in size, it has also become more accessible to the public and the combination of new and old buildings enhances and supports ongoing urban renewal in Athlone”.

This newly-refurbished station, located in the centre of Athlone town, is also one of the first stations to use electric vehicles for policing with six electric vehicle-charging points.