Seamus Boland: Why we need our garda stations in isolated areas
BY the end of 2012, almost 40 rural garda stations will have closed. Like post offices in rural areas, the closures are slow and steady with more of the same expected in the future.
There is no set number beyond which this policy will end; however the thinking would seem to be, that our current level of 703 stations could be reduced to match Scottish levels of 306.
When Scottish Secretary Kenny MacAspill announced reforms of rural policing, he too was attacked by all for neglecting rural communities. However, his announcement was accompanied by a commitment to enable local authorities to approve police plans for their area.