Shatter: I won't shut hundreds of stations
JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter last night emphatically ruled out the closure of "hundreds" of garda stations as a result of budgetary cutbacks, writes Tom Brady.
He said he had to find €340m in savings by 2014 and, as part of that process, garda authorities were seeking to introduce "smarter" policing by using resources more efficiently.
During a review of existing policing, the gardai were looking at the opening hours of stations to establish if it was necessary to keep some open up to midnight.
Mr Shatter expects the review to be completed by mid to late October and did not know if there would be any closures.
However, although the Commissioner is technically responsible for the decision, it is generally accepted the Government will have a big input.