its unlikely that the council will receive funding for a new fire station for Rathdowney, this year, according to Laois County Council.
Director of services, John Daly, told members of the Borris-in-Ossory area committe that the council had submitted a tender for the fire station in June 2010.
“Despite several reminders, the approval for funding is not forthcoming. There was no new fire stations approved by the government in 2011 and it’s unlikely there will be any approved in 2012,” he explained in a written reply to the meeting.
Cllr Brendan Phelan, who had tabled the motion at last week’s meeting said the council had gone through a long process to get a new fire station. He said it was important to keep it on the agenda.
Cllr John King, who is also a member of the fire service said that the building on new site would do. “There is a two span shed on the new site, if what was there was modernised it would do the job.”
However, Cllr Brendan Phelan disagreed, saying that they needed to plan for the future.
“There are super facilities in some towns, we need to plan for the future. We need to try and keep this moving forward. To repair what’s there is not really the answer, the other one is obsolete.”
Cllr Phelan also pointed out Rathdowney’s close proximity to the motorway as another reason why the town needed a new fire station.