Former station handed back

Brian Hayes, Minister of State for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works pictured with local politicians, Gardai and members of the Dromahair community outside the former Garda Station in Dromahair.
Dromahair’s former Garda Station on Main Street was the first closed station to be handed back to the community last Friday, July 19.

Dromahair’s former Garda Station on Main Street was the first closed station to be handed back to the community last Friday, July 19.

Minister of State Brian Hayes was happy to be able to hand the keys back to the community, he said, “I am delighted to see that the Dromahair local community have been successful; this handover is the first of several that I hope to finalise during the coming months.”

He commended the people of Dromahair for their “imaginative spirit” which sees almost 30 groups hoping to use the space. St Patrick’s Boxing Club, The Demon Festival Committee and DARC, an umbrella group for over 25 local organisations will form a committee to take charge, manage and organise the use of the building this Thursday, July 25.

The lease will initially be a short term contract, but is expected to be longer after a 12 month review. The groups will not pay rent, just lighting and heating along with funding renovation works. “I am delighted that the Minister is bringing good news with him to Leitrim,” Deputy Tony McLoughlin said. Cllr John McTernan, said there are plans for the garden at the back of the station to be used as community allotments.

Keelan Filan of St Patrick’s Boxing Club which has over 20 members, girls and boys from U10 to adults said they have moved training locations “five times in four years” The up and coming club said the permanent location will allow the club to “grow and progress.”

Mary Gordon of DARC said they are delighted with the new space, they will work out a “fair and equitable manner to use the community space.”