Cells snag at new HQ

Wexford People - - NEWS -

THERE was a de­lay of a few days in pris­on­ers be­ing pro­vided with cell space at Wex­ford’s show­piece new garda head­quar­ters.

While the new build­ing opened on time two weeks ago, the first pris­on­ers were only ad­mit­ted to the state-of-the art cells last Tues­day.

In the mean­time, pris­on­ers, in­clud­ing those ap­pear­ing at court, had to be taken to En­nis­cor­thy garda bar­racks.

‘We wanted to make sure ev­ery­thing was cor­rect,’ said In­spec­tor De­nis Whe­lan.

‘Like ev­ery­thing else in a new build­ing, you have your snag list. There was noth­ing un­to­ward, it was given that leg­is­la­tion and the de­ten­tion of pris­on­ers is of para­mount im­por­tance, we had to en­sure ev­ery­thing meets the re­quired stan­dards.’

In­spec­tor Whe­lan said the cells were now op­er­a­tional and the first pris­on­ers were put up in them at the start of last week.

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