Kilkenny to get new fire station HQ as part of €61m investment
Kilkenny is to get a new fire station headquarters and construction work is ready to start on a new fire hub in Urlingford.
The new firefighting facilities are part of a new national €61 million investment programme.
Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan welcomed the announcement. Deputy Phelan said: “The programme will see six new fire stations built, continued support for the construction of a further 12 new fire stations, nine fire station refurbishments and 35 new fire engines allocated. Construction of a €1.7 million fire station is ready to start and it is hoped that work on the new €6 million headquarters for Kilkenny will start towards the end of 2021.
“The funding announced also includes a reserve for one new fire appliance for this region, a welcome investment. Communications and mobilisation systems will continue to be upgraded. Each county will see at least one new fire engine delivered,” Deputy Phelan added.
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien said: “My Department will provide just over €61 million euro in grant aid for newly built fire stations, refurbished stations, new fire engines, equipment and facilities between now and 2025.
“Following close consultation with local authorities my Department carried out a comprehensive analysis of their proposals for fire stations works. 27 fire stations across the country will either be built or refurbished over the lifetime of this plan.”
The minister added: “This is a clear demonstration of the Government’s support for our fire service and the work they do in protecting people, communities, property and local infrastructure from fire and other emergency situations.”