Funding of €700,000 has been approved for the construction of a new two bay fire station in Lanesboro, Co Longford.
The contract for the project has been awarded to Castlelough Corporation, Cornanool, Castlebar, Co Mayo.
The funding and contract was approved by the Department of Environment Community and Local Government yesterday.
Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael Deputy James Bannon said ‘investment in fire stations is money well spent’.
He added, “I am delighted that this essential infrastructural provision has been achieved for Lanesboro. This new facility will be a huge boost to community development.”
The awarding of the tender now clears the way for the fire station to proceed to construction as soon as possible and will see the replacement of the older fire station beside ‘The Green’.
Deputy Bannon concluded, “Upgrading of fire stations is a big priority under the Government Fire Safety Programme. My priority is to see the best fire safety services for Longford/Westmeath. I have campaigned over the years for our state of the art fire services in Longford, Ballymahon, Granard, Edgeworthstown, and now in Lanesboro.”