A former Garda Station in the county is to be auctioned in the coming months, the Dáil was told last week.
The station at Ballyforan, South Roscommon, which closed in 2013, is to be auctioned this autumn. The decision to auction former stations is only taken once there is no alternative state use for the building, the Dáil was told. Knockcroghery and Ballintober stations also closed in 2013, with Tarmonbarry station closing in 2012.
Minister for the OPW Patrick O’Donovan was asked by Social Democrat Co-Leader, Catherine Murphy, what the plan is for 40 former Garda stations closed in 2012 and 2013, including four in the county.
He said that Roscommon County Council has agreed to lease the former stations at Knockcroghery, Tarmonbarry, and Ballintober. The station at Ballyforan is being prepared for auction in September 2021. The former station at Ballymore County Galway is also under consideration for community use.
“The OPW had a planned disposal programme in place and a number of auctions were planned for 2020,” the minister said. “However, the disposal programme was interrupted due to Covid-19 and associated restrictions meant those auctions had to be rescheduled on a number of occasions.”
He said that as a matter of policy, no property or site is disposed of until there is absolute certainty that there is no alternative State use for that property.