Dáil Éireann - Volume 638 - 26 September, 2007

Written Answers. - Fire Stations.

Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the funding provided in his Department’s Capital Works Programme 2007 towards the Tallow Fire Station Project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20461/07]

  Deputy Tony Killeen:Approval in principle was granted in 2001 for a new fire station in Tallow. While it has not been possible to provide funding for this station as part of the 2007 fire services capital programme, announced earlier this year, funding has been provided for various other priority projects which have been advanced in County Waterford since 2001. These include replacement stations and extensions or upgrading works at stations in Ardmore, Cappoquin, Dungarvan, Dunmore East and Tramore.

The Department has recently requested Waterford County Council to prioritise projects it wishes to progress under the fire service capital programme.

The provision of exchequer funding for a replacement fire station in Tallow will be considered under future capital programmes having regard to Waterford County Council’s priorities, the existing facilities at the station, the proximity of other stations, and the competing demands from other fire authorities for available funding.