Investment in policing sees the opening of a new Garda Station in Galway and the switching on of a new nationwide communications network.

The new Garda headquarters is part of a £21 million building programme being undertaken to upgrade Garda stations around the country. Minister Alan Dukes, in his first official duty since taking office, was at the official opening in Mill Street, Galway. The Mill Street station is the first to be completed as part of the investment programme.

The Minisiter was joined at the ceremony by Mayor of Galway, Ald Bridie O'Flaherty, Garda Commissioner Laurence Wren, and the Bishop of Galway Dr Eamonn Casey, who blessed the new station at the ceremony.

Addressing the attendees at the ceremony Minister Dukes described the Garda Building Programme as "ambitious" with

The objective of bringing all of our Garda stations to an acceptable standard within a reasonable period of time. For too long, Gardaí in many stations have had to work in stations that were completely outdated, totally unsuited to the present day needs of the force.

Following the tape-cutting ceremony, the Minister officially switched on the Nationwide Communications Network providing an instant link between every Garda station, patrol car and man or woman on the beat - linking 570 stations and 100 district and divisional headquarters around the country. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 February 1986. The reporter is by Jim Fahy.