Wednesday 13 December 2017

O'Sullivan misses deadline over plans to reopen Garda stations

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan Photo: Gerry Mooney
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan Photo: Gerry Mooney
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan has missed a deadline for providing the Government with a list of stations to be reopened.

The Garda chief was last week scheduled to deliver her final list of six stations that will be reopened on a pilot basis.

An interim report discussed at Enda Kenny's final Cabinet meeting approved the reopening of Stepaside garda station in Transport Minister Shane Ross's constituency.

The report indicated Rush, in north Dublin, could also get renewed investment, and said the final version was likely to recommend the reopening of Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, and Donard, Co Wicklow.

However, Ms O'Sullivan said only Stepaside should be signed off ahead of her full report. This led to accusations of stroke politics.

The Office of Public Works is currently working to provide indicative costs and a timeframe for the reopening of the south Dublin station.

On June 13, the Government said the full report would be available within a fortnight but Ms O'Sullivan has yet to submit her advice.

The Department of Justice told the Irish Independent it "expects to receive the report in the near future and it will be then brought to Government thereafter".

The Garda press office failed to respond to queries.

Some 139 Garda stations were closed at the height of the recession but the Programme for Government committed to reopening six on a pilot basis.

The pilot will feed into the wider review being undertaken by the Garda Síochána Inspectorate of the dispersal and use of resources available to An Garda Síochána in the delivery of policing services to local communities.

Irish Independent

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