Wednesday 17 January 2018

Report on Rush Garda Station delay

John Manning

A local Fianna Fáil senator has called on the Government to release a report that is not two months delayed that will clarify the future of Rush Garda Station.

Rush Garda Station has been widely rumoured to be one of six stations to re-open as part of a Department of Justice pilot scheme but the report detailing the move is now two monts late.

Fianna Fáil's Seanad Spokesperson for Justice, Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee has said that the delay in publishing the Garda interim report without any explanation or indication of when it can be expected is completely unacceptable.

The interim report carried out by the Garda Commissioner on the reopening of Garda Stations across the country was due to be published over two months ago.

Commenting on the delay, the Fingal-based senator said: 'The unjust closure of Rush Garda Station in 2012 continues to leave people in the locality fearful especially as crime and anti-social behaviour have become a growing concern in recent years and months.

'A visible presence is needed to deter would be criminals, target crime-prevention, remove fear from the locality and enhance support for the victims of crime.

'I have consistently emphasised the critical need to consider the re-opening of Rush Garda Station to fill the void in policing across North Dublin.'

Senator Clifford Lee said: 'People are understandably worried that a proposal to re-open Rush Garda station will not form part of the Commissioner's report. If this Government is listening then there would be no clearer message than the re-opening of our local Garda station.

'We simply cannot be forced to continue to tolerate a situation where people feel vulnerable and unsafe in their homes particularly as our urban area continues to grow. Fianna Fáil remain committed to restoring a Garda presence in communities across Ireland and in Rush in particular.'

The local senator concluded: 'We have been repeatedly assured by Government that this report would be published, yet it is now two months overdue. Minister Flanagan needs to reassure people that the report on reopening a number of Garda stations is finally published and acted upon as a matter of urgency.'

Fingal Independent

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