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Garda cuts leave rural areas further abandoned

Published 07/12/2012 | 17:00

JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter's plan to close 100 garda stations has understandably led to an outcry across the country.

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The minister says most of these are only open part-time and that Ireland will, proportionately, still have more police stations than other European countries.

Mr Shatter also claims the closures are not being driven by cost-cutting, but a move to make the gardai more effective by freeing them up to do more frontline policing. It is argued community policing will not be diminished, with a new patrolling system bridging the gap.

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