The fire station in Ballymahon is at a rented industrial unit.

New fire station for Ballymahon looking more likely

A new fire station for Ballymahon looks more likely now that it is included on a government department capital review list, according to Senator Micheál Carrigy.

The Longford senator had raised a commencement matter in the Seanad in relation to getting the department to provide an update on a new fire station in the town.

The facility is located in a rented building in an industrial estate in the middle of a housing estate, he said.

The Ballinalee senator said in a statement that Minister Peter Burke, TD, confirmed yesterday that Ballymahon has now been included on the department capital review list.

Senator Micheál Carrigy.

Senator Carrigy stated: “Projects in the capital programme are soon to be reassessed to maximise the available capital programme funding and I am looking forward to positive announcement in Q3 of 2022 for an new up to date fire station in Ballymahon.

“It is more than two and a half years since Longford County Council submitted a request for a new fire station in the town. Since then, Center Parcs has opened in Ballymahon, the biggest tourism infrastructure project in the country has been developed, and the park attracts 2,000 to 2,500 visitors to the town each week.

“Longford County Council has identified a site, so it is simply incredible to think that the town does not have a up-to-date fire station at this stage.

“I would like to thank Minister Peter Burke, who I have been working with on this project, for his continued support.”