MACROOM will be the location for the headquarters of Cork’s new Garda super division.
The decision means both Bandon and Fermoy have lost their status as divisional headquarters for gardaí.
However, it could take at least three years before a new station is built in Macroom, meaning Bandon will be the headquarters for the new division on a temporary basis.
Plans for the new operating model, which includes the new-look divisions, are being pressed ahead with by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, with the aim of amalgamating Cork West and Cork North into a new super division. As a result, the division will stretch from Allihies to Youghal.
It had been expected that Cork would lose one of its three chief superintendents. However, there will still be three chief superintendent posts — one for the new division, one for the Cork city division, and another who will be known as the regional chief superintendent.
Anglesea Street will remain as the headquarters for Cork city, and for the region.
Meanwhile, work will begin on Monday on preparing the closed Ballinspittle garda station to be reopened in mid November. A contractor has been appointed to carry out the works.
The station was one of 139 closed across the country during the recession. In January, the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, announced that it would be reopened this year.