Over 850 local people were brought to kilkenny garda station on Monday in a planned operation. Actually they were invited guests.
The men and women in blue opened their doors to share their new E2.4 million redevelopment of the station with the community they serve.
Everyone was impressed with the facilities, especially the school children who were treated like royalty by the officers.
However, it was Environment Minister, Phil Hogan who stole the show after seeing the news cells at the station. “ I wouldn’t mind putting some of the people I’ve met over the last two and half year in there,” he said
Kilkenny man, Chief Supt Mick McGarry summed up the event by saying that morale had been boosted by the new headquarters and that beforehand, officers were working in depraved conditions. He thanked the government, the OPW and all the stakeholders in ensuring the new station with its extension and refurbished areas were excellent.
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Joe Reidy highlighted the importance of the gardai to the city and how they make a huge positive impact. “They help make Kilkenny the place it is and the officers on the ground contribute to the positive attitude in the city,” he said.
MC, Supt Padraig Dunne thanked everybody involved in the work and said the result had been excellent.
Anti-pylon protestors staged a protest outside the station and held placards highlighting their concerns over Eirgrid’s plans for a new electricity network.