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Sinn Féin call for removal of Derg barracks after public closure announcement

Published: 25 November, 2014

Sinn Féin have this week reiterated their calls for the removal of the Castlederg barracks following the announcement that the 5 hours it is currently open per week to the public will now be ceased.

Speaking after the announcement Cllr Ruairi McHugh who has long campaigned along with the local community for the removal of the barracks said,

"This announcement today only reaffirms our position that the retention of this militarized barracks does nothing to achieve civic, accountable and effective policing in the Castlederg area.It serves no purpose in the local community and is merely an eyesore and a huge drain on the PSNI's financial resources, with over £115,000 being spent on maintaining the site over a 2 year period."

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle recently wrote to the Minister of Justice and the Policing Board expressing her concerns at the amount of public money being spent on the PSNI station in Castlederg.

Speaking today Mrs. Boyle said,

"The Policing Boards Director of Finance recently wrote to me and accepted that the actual structure of the station in Castlederg is not ideal in terms of the overall size of the building and the appearance. Castlederg barracks is a symbol of all that was wrong with policing in the North of Ireland. The money wasted on maintaining this empty site could be diverted into delivering an up to date and effective policing service for the local community of Castlederg. Much remains to be done and I will continue to work closely with our Sinn Féin team on the Policing Board to ensure serious consideration is given to the removal of this barracks."