Wednesday 26 April 2017

Some counties would have been left with no operational garda stations

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae Photo: Tom Burke
Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae Photo: Tom Burke
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

The threatened Garda strike would have left vast parts of Ireland without an operational garda station.

The contingency plan drawn up by senior Garda officers has sparked shock amid revelations that sprawling counties such as Kerry and Donegal would have been left with a single garda station each open.

Other counties such as Wexford and Waterford would have been reliant on resources from other adjacent counties, including Kilkenny, Cork, Tipperary and Carlow.

The fall-back plan, had the Garda Representative Association (GRA) strike proceeded, would have left a skeleton number of stations operational.

"Of course it is a matter of great concern," Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae said.

The Kerry politician said it was "quite a shock" to discover that the entire county was to be effectively covered by Tralee garda station.

The Garda plan was to have 18 stations operating in Dublin, five in Cork and four in Limerick.

Tipperary had five stations, Clare had three and Louth had two while other counties were down to single station openings.

Kerry (Tralee), Donegal (Letterkenny), Mayo (Castlebar) and Galway (Mill Street) were to be reduced to single station openings.

Waterford and Wexford would have been heavily reliant on the resources of neighbouring counties such as Kilkenny and Cork.

Waterford health campaigner Kieran Hartley expressed concern over what might have happened.

"With regard to Waterford, the capital of the south-east, having to be reliant on another county or even division to provide cover is totally unacceptable," he said.

Irish Independent

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