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Friday 26 April 2019

Donard Garda Station reopens after six years

Members of An Garda Siochana taking part in the ceremony as Donard Garda Station was reopened last Thursday.
Members of An Garda Siochana taking part in the ceremony as Donard Garda Station was reopened last Thursday.

Donard Garda Station officially reopened on Thursday morning having being closed for over six years.

The station will now be open three days a week. Refurbishment works commenced in December of 2018 in preparation for the station's reopening.

Assistant Garda Commissioner John Fintan Fanning was in attendance, along with the Garda Band.

Before the official opening the Garda Band entertained the students of Donard Primary School, playing hit songs by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Amy Winehouse.

The station was one of 95 which closed at the end of January of 2013 de to a cut to central Government funding received by the Gardai.

Cllr Edward Timmins has been pushing for the station to reopen for the past number of years.

He said: 'I was delighted to attend the reopening. The station will be open three days a week and will bring a much needed Garda presence back to rural west Wicklow. It has to be welcome from the point of view of crime prevention. It connects the Gardai with the local community in rural parts of west Wicklow.'

Last year Donard's post office was closed despite the formation of the Donard Post Office Action Group and a focused campaign to keep the facility open.

Local resident Philipp Matuschka was one of the leading figures behind the campaign and he would have preferred to see the post office remain.

He said: 'This is a personal comment and I am not talking on behalf of the village but only opening the station a handful of hours a week seems like a terrible waste of resources.

'It needs to be open for a longer and more specific length of time each week. It's a personal thing but I would prefer to have the post office still open instead.'

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