Sunday 8 December 2019

Minister says work on Rush station 'virtually complete'

Rush Garda Station
Rush Garda Station

After tireless campaigning by the people of Rush, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Pascal Donohoe has finally confirmed that works to re-open Rush Garda Station have commenced, and are now 'virtually completed.'

The announcement follows the completion of a tender process in June 2019, and will be welcome news to residents of Rush, who have long campaigned for the station's re-opening.

In answer to a parliamentary question on the issue from Deputy Louise O'Reilly TD, the Minister confirmed that 'minor snagging' is currently underway at the station, and that connection to the electricity service supplier is now pending.

Once these measures are finalised over the coming weeks, the reopening of the station will be an operational matter for An Garda Siochána.

Rush Garda Station was closed in early 2012 as part of Government cutbacks during the recession, as well as several other Garda stations nationwide.

Community members and local public representatives of Rush conducted an intensive campaign to reopen the station which, when reopened, will serve a town with a population of over 10,000.

As one of the fastest growing area in the country, Rush residents have been seeking a greater need for a visible garda presence.

With an increase in random acts of violence across North Dublin over recent months, the reopened station will offer assurance to residents that the area is being fully policed.

A date for the station to finally re-open is not yet set but the Minister's reply could signal the long-awaited re-opening of the station may not be too far away.

Fingal Independent