Saturday 20 January 2018

Rush Garda Station pilot decision is still not made

John Manning

A senior Government minister has again hinted that Rush is among the Garda Stations being considered for re-opening as part of a pilot scheme but failed to confirm a firm decision has been made on the issue, under questioning in the Dáil from a local TD.

The presence of Rush Garda Station on list of six stations to be re-opened in a pilot scheme has been widely mooted but the beleaguered community in Rush who blame the closure of the station for a spike in crime in the area, have yet to receive official word that the station will reopen.

With that in mind, Deputy Louise O'Reilly (SF) raised the issue, last Thursday in the Dáil where she quizzed the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton on the issue.

Minister Bruton was taking questions from Dáil deputies on a range of the Government's 'promised legislation'.

Deputy O'Reilly told Minister Bruton: 'The programme for Government contains a commitment to reopen six Garda stations on a pilot scheme basis. 

'Recently, it was mooted that Rush Garda station would be one of those. 

'The Minister's colleagues in Fine Gael and his very best friends in Fianna Fáil were tweeting about it, but we are, in truth, no wiser as to what Garda stations will be reopened other than the station in Stepaside. We all know that Stepaside Garda station will be reopened.'

The Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal asked: 'When will people throughout the country know what other Garda stations will be reopened? Can the Minister give us an assurance that equity and equality will be applied to that in terms of a rural-urban split and a geographic spread?'

Minister Bruton responded to the Sinn Féin TD, saying: 'The idea of opening six Garda stations on a pilot basis was part of the programme for Government. It is for the Commissioner to select those that are most appropriate. I understand Stepaside Garda station was indicated as being appropriate and is in the course of being opened; the planning for that is being done.'

He added: 'The others will depend on a report to Government from the Commissioner, which I believe is due shortly. I know Rush Garda station was one that was signalled as being a potential one. The Government expects that report shortly.'

Fingal Independent

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