Portlaoise garda station is Napoleonic

PORTLAOISE needs a new garda station as the current building is “totally inadequate”, dating back to the era of Napoleon.

At last week’s Town Council meeting, Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald proposed the motion for Minister Alan Shatter to provide a new garda station in the county town.

“Now that Abbeyleix has been subsumed into Portlaoise, it’s even more important that Portlaoise gets a modern building. The old building is totally inadequate and the staff are working in very bad conditions,” she said.

“The present station was built during the Napoleonic Wars (circa 1800 - 1815),” said Cllr Matthew Keegan.

Cllr Rotimi Adebari remarked that the Portlaoise station is now a very busy one, following the closure of smaller stations around the county. The council had earlier been informed by Superintendent John Moloney during the Joint Policing Committee meeting that there are currently 13 stations in Laois and the government are looking to close all one-man stations.

Town clerk, John Clarke said that an email had been sent to the office of the Minister on May 30 and an acknowledgement email has been received by the council.