Friday 18 August 2017

Government won't 'step aside' from commitments on re-opening garda stations – Taoiseach pledges

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Picture: Justin Farrelly
Taoiseach Enda Kenny Picture: Justin Farrelly
John Downing

John Downing

Five months after the Programme for Government pledged to re-open six garda stations on a trial basis – nothing has happened, the Dáil has been told.

Roscommon TD, Eugene Murphy, told the Dáil that the scheme to re-open six was an effort to assess the importance of garda stations generally in fighting crime. He said none of the six had been identified.

“There was talk about Stepaside – but even that has not happened,” the Fianna Fáil TD said.  He said the station in Tarmonbarry, Co Roscommon, on the N5 national route, urgently needed to be re-opened.

He said the Taoiseach knew this because he drives through Tarmonbarry virtually every day.

“The Government has no intention of stepping aside from that commitment,” Mr Kenny punned.

But he said it was up to the Garda Commissioner to assess the situation and recommend which stations should be re-opened as part of the pilot scheme.

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