Friday 22 March 2019

OPW will hand over Rush Garda Station this summer

Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee
Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee

The future of Rush Garda station was finally confirmed in the Dail last week, when a Minister from the Department of Justice and Equality stated that the OPW expects the station to be handed over to An Garda Siochana in summer 2019.

After the handover of the building, the exact date of reopening of the station will be an operational matter for An Garda Síochána.

Local Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, calling upon the Minister for an update on proceedings, pointed out the 'delight' among the people of Rush when it was announced in November 2017 that the station would re-open.

Senator Clifford-Lee said that, with a '20% decline' in Garda numbers in the area, the people of Rush had 'severely felt' the loss of the Garda station and the diminishing of Garda numbers in the area.

She said: 'This particular Garda station was closed back in 2012. The people in Rush are very anxious about their personal security and the security within the town.

'We were very happy when this reopening was announced.

'The last time I raised this issue was in May 2018, and at that point there was a discussion between the OPW and An Garda Síochána with regard to an assessment of needs.

'I was informed that this assessment was nearing an end.

'I would appreciate if the Minister of State could give us an update and, as far as possible, a timeline for when we could see Rush Garda station open.'

Responding to Senator Clifford-Lee, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, Deputy David Stanton, stated that prior to the debate, the Minister had requested an update from the OPW and the Garda authorities specifically on progress on Rush Garda Station.

The Minister said the Department had been informed that the OPW was currently preparing tender documents to procure the required works at the station via the OPW measured term maintenance contract.

Minister Stanton assured Senator Clifford-Lee that implementation of a pilot Garda station reopening project, and reopening of 'all relevant stations' would be pursued 'as a priority.'

Welcoming the news, Senator Clifford-Lee said: 'I will make a request to the Minister to provide extra Garda resources for north County Dublin, including extra Garda cars and the other resources that the Garda needs. There is no point having the Garda station reopened if there are not enough resources in place.'

Fingal Independent