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Local disused Garda stations to be assessed for Refugee housing

Jul 18, 2022 13:07 By Shannonside News
Local disused Garda stations to be assessed for Refugee housing Local disused Garda stations to be assessed for Refugee housing
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The buildings will be restored and brought back into use to serve a new function.

The sale of three dis-used Garda stations across the Shannonside region have been put on hold.

The Government has paused the auction process in the hope some of the properties can be used to house Ukrainian refugees.

It's now assessing both Ballinalee and Ardagh stations in Longford as well as Ballyforan barracks in Roscommon.

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While it's understood there is an alternative use earmarked for the former station in Knockcroghery.

Over 43,200 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland since the start of the war with Russia.

Social Protection Minister, Heather Humphreys, says there are a range of facilities being examined for accommodating refugees:

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we all know of old convents or Garda stations that have been lying empty for years.

So we're going to be able to repurpose them.

They will be repurposed permanently and that'll be great for the local area.

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