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.
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.