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Thursday 19 July 2018

Musical society may be kicked out of former Garda station

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Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

An award-winning musical society that spent €20,000 converting a former Garda station into a rehearsal area faces having to vacate the premises if it is selected for reopening.

Rush Musical Society fears that a decision to reopen the north Dublin town's station could put its forthcoming productions - including a pantomime and 'Jesus Christ Superstar' - in jeopardy.

Rush Garda station is among two in Dublin that have been recommended for reopening in an interim report provided to the Government by the Garda.

The Government has stoked controversy after a decision that the other Dublin station, Stepaside, will definitely be reopened. This has led to Opposition claims of stroke politics as it had been a key demand of Independent Alliance Minister Shane Ross. He denies this, as does the Government - which has committed to reopening six former stations on a pilot basis.

The final Garda report on which stations are to be recommended for reopening is due to be completed by the end of the month.

A spokesman for Rush Musical Society said the prospect that it would have to leave the building was "extremely worrying" and it hoped alternative accommodation would be provided should the station reopen.

The society was granted a five-year licence to use the premises by the Office of Public Works but there is a clause that says it must vacate the building with four weeks' notice if the State wants the property back.

The society stages its productions at the nearby Millbank Theatre.

Irish Independent

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