Kilkenny County Council was recently successful in securing funding for a new fire station on the Relief Road in Graignamanagh.
The closing date for accepting tenders was September 9. Evaluation of tenders will now take place, with the expectation of appointing a contractor by the end of this year. It is hoped work construction work will begin early in the new year.
The existing fire station was built in 1960 and was added to in the 1980s.
Around 10 years ago, Kilkenny County Council acquired lands on the Relief Road to relocate and develop a new state-of-the-art fire station.
The fire service in Graig' covers an area of over 250m squared, and protects a population of over 7,000 in Graignamanagh and the hinterland areas.
On Monday, local Fianna Fáil councillor Peter 'Chap' Cleere expressed his delight at how the development is progressing. Cllr Cleere said he was very confident that the new fire station will be built, and up and running by the end of 2017.
“This will be a fantastic facility when complete and will enable out dedicated fire service crew continue there hard work and commitment to ensuring our area is a safer place,” he told the Kilkenny People.