Rural garda stations deal with four incidents a day
A review has found a "very low level of activity" in a large number of rural garda stations with over half of them recording less then four incidents a day.
The Department of Justice review found that in 2010, 373 of the 656 stations outside the Dublin Metropolitan Region had on average less than four PULSE computer entries daily.
PULSE entries cover the entire spectrum of reported criminal offences to gardai, from public order and theft to road traffic accidents.
The expenditure review informed Justice Minister Alan Shatter's decision on Budget day to close 31 garda stations across the country next year. Advancing the case for the closure of the rural stations, the review said the maintenance costs of the smaller country stations was between €2,500 to €4,000 a year.
The review identified the closure of stations as part of a series of cost-cutting and revenue-generating measures that will save €13.6m on an annual basis from 2014.
The proposed measures will save €4.2m in 2012 and €8.8m in 2013.
The Department of Public Expenditure confirmed that Justice's spend would be 4pc down next year to €2.26bn and has confirmed a further €178m, or 8pc, in cuts by 2014.