The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, Acting Garda Commissioner Donall Ó Cualáin and Minister of State at the Office of Public Works, Kevin “Boxer” Moran TD officially opened the new Wexford Garda Station in an event attended by representatives from all segments of local society including community and civil society groups.
Approximately 120 Garda personnel are based in the new station.
Speaking at the opening, Minister Flanagan said: “We are now seeing the results of the unprecedented public funding provided to An Garda Síochána in recent years. Cell upgrade works have already been completed at 80 Garda stations.
“The opening of the new Divisional Headquarters is taking place at a time of major reform and investment which will redefine our national police service as an organisation. As we approach the centenary of the establishment of An Garda Síochána, the organisation is on the cusp of significant change including in its leadership.
“The expert Commission on the Future of Policing is in the final stages of its work; its report will chart a new model for policing in the decades ahead and will challenge us all to deliver a new vision for policing in Ireland.
“In addition, the incoming Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris will bring his ability and vital policing, security and change management experience to the challenge of transforming An Garda Síochána so that it becomes a model of policing excellence, equipped to deal with the huge range of challenges facing police services worldwide.”
Earlier this year Gardaí stationed at the old Garda Station at Roche’s Road, built in 1937, moved into the state-of-the art new building on the Mulgannon Road in the town.
The new Wexford Garda Station was designed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) Architectural Services team led by State Architect Ciaran O’Connor.