LOCALS in New Inn, Co Galway, have warned that the closure of their garda station could lead to the death of the community.
Sean Ryan, the chairman of the community council in the village, said locals had been left frightened and anxious by the decision to close the station.
The nearest garda station to the village is now Loughrea, nearly 15km away.
"Removing our garda station will leave us completely cut off and remote.
"We're getting to be a forgotten race in rural Ireland," he said.
Up to 600 people live in the locality which has its own church, two shops and a pub.
The village also has a national and secondary school, catering for approximately 370 students. However, locals fear the closure of the local station will deter any new families from moving to the area.
"We have quite a thriving community here at the moment, we feel it's big enough to merit a garda station.
"But now we don't know what will become of it in the future," added Mr Ryan.
"They are just leaving us more and more isolated," he said.