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Sunday 21 January 2018

Stepaside among number of garda stations set to reopen

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Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

STEPASIDE Garda Station will be among a number of stations that are to reopen, it has been revealed today.

It's understood that an interim report by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan on the reopening of Garda Stations was discussed at Cabinet this morning.

Other stations that may be reopened include Rush, Co Dublin, Donard, Co Wicklow and Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow.

It also proposes new stations at Dublin Airport and Dublin Port.

Ms O'Sullivan's full report is to be delivered to government by the end of June.

Stepaside was one of more than 100 Garda Stations closed during the Fine Gael-Labour government.

Local Independent Alliance minister Shane Ross, who has been campaigning for the station to reopen took to Twitter to welcome the news.

"Delighted to announce that Stepaside Garda Station WILL reopen!! Well done all!" he said.

Dublin Rathdown Fine Gael TD Josepha Madigan called the news "a major victory for local residents".

"Since the station was closed in in 2013, the Stepaside community has worked tirelessly for their Garda station to be restored. I thank local campaigners for all their hard work that is finally paying off."

Ms Madigan previoulsy raised the issue in the Dáil arguing that Stepaside's growing population meant it's "crucial that the community is well served by a local Garda station."

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