Monday 23 April 2018

No plans to reinstate Gorey Garda District

Gorey Garda station
Gorey Garda station

Esther Hayden

There are no immediate plans to reinstate the Gorey Garda District following its merger with Enniscorthy in 2013.

Deputy Michael D'Arcy raised the matter in the Dail during Leaders Questions last week and asked Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, to 'make a statement on the reinstatement of the Gorey Garda District in line with the Programme for Government 2016 following the merger of the Gorey Garda District with the Enniscorthy Garda District'.

However Minister Fitzgerald wasn't in the Dail and the matter was addressed by Minister of State, David Stanton who said that the merger of the Gorey and Enniscorthy Garda districts came about following a nationwide Garda rationalisation programme.

'That review was undertaken with the objective of identifying opportunities to introduce strategic reforms to enhance service delivery, increase efficiency and streamline practices within the organisation and concluded that a revised district and station network commensurate with the organisation's resource base would best meet public demand.

'The Tánaiste has been informed by the Garda authorities that the closures have allowed front line Gardaí to be managed and deployed with greater mobility, greater flexibility and in a more focused fashion, particularly with regard to various targeted police operations.

'In November 2013, the Gorey District was amalgamated with the Enniscorthy District resulting in an enlarged Enniscorthy District and I understand that no station within the former Gorey District was closed.

'The Garda authorities have confirmed to the Tánaiste that the District Officer at Enniscorthy, in conjunction with the Inspector at Gorey, ensures that the policing arrangements within the Gorey area are effectively managed on an ongoing basis and that there is no diminution in the policing service provided within the context of existing available resources in the area.'

Minister Staunton said that the local garda management 'continues to closely monitor the allocation of resources to ensure that optimum use is made of Garda resources and the best possible policing service continues to be provided to the public and this situation will be kept under review.'

He went on to say that 'the Government has, in its Programme for a Partnership Government, recognised community policing as the embodiment of An Garda Síochána, providing a means of recognising that every community, both urban and rural, has its own concerns and expectations. It commits the Government to ensuring visible, effective and responsive policing in every community, including the most minimal response times possible.

'In support of this objective the Policing Authority has been asked to oversee a review of, among other things, the dispersement of Garda stations in rural areas, and in developing urban and suburban areas, with a view to ensuring both an efficient and optimum geographical distribution of stations and minimal response times, including taking account of station closures since 2012.'

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