Saturday 21 April 2018

Stepaside was 'cherry-picked' ahead of Rush

The Government is being accused of 'cherry-picking' Stepaside Garda Station to re-open ahead of Rush Garda Station following an appearance by the Acting Garda Commissioner at the Public Accounts Committee.

Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin told the committee that Rush Garda Station was recommended for reopening in an interim report presented to the Cabinet but so far, only Steapaside has been green-lit for reopening, a station that lies within the constituency of Minister Shane Ross.

The Acting Commissioner denied political interference in the decision but Deputy Louise O'Reilly TD said she was believed Stepaside was 'cherry-picked for political reasons'.

She said the green light for the reopening of Stepaside ahead of Rush was 'astonishing and worrying'.

Deputy O'Reilly said: 'The closure of Rush Garda Station has left a void in the policing of North Fingal. Rush, due to its geographical location, is distinctly disadvantaged in regards to responses to calls, with the only fully operational Garda Station in Balbriggan.

'In recent months, serious violent crime has visited the community of Fingal and I believe that the revelations at the PAC committee show that the Gardaí and the Government know that Rush Garda Station should be reopened. The revelations today also make one wonder where the representation for Dublin Fingal was in Government when a report recommending the reopening of Rush Garda Station was being ignored.'

Fingal Independent