Garda cuts leave rural areas further abandoned
JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter's plan to close 100 garda stations has understandably led to an outcry across the country.
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.