Policing a problem in Rush- Cllr Malachy Quinn
Sinn Féin councillor Malachy Quinn has highlighted the policing problem in the town of Rush.
Speaking today Cllr Quinn said:
“The town of Rush at the last census in 2011 had a population of 9,231 but the people of Rush do not have a fully functioning Garda Station, instead Rush must share its Garda resources with its neighbour the town of Lusk.
“This has been on going now for three years. The deficit in policing is a cause of great concern for the residents. There have been numerous occasion with locals calling the Gardaí for assistance but having to wait several hours for such assistance.
“At a recent Joint Policing Forum public meeting in Balbriggan I joined with residents from Rush in highlighting the problems caused by the lack of a Garda presence in the town since the station closed in the town.
“The residents, many of whom are elderly or live alone, feel that they are at risk from anti-social behaviour without a permanent Garda presence in the town.
Sinn Fein general election candidate, Louise O'Reilly said:
"Local TD James Reilly should be ashamed for not taking action on behalf of the residents. We are calling on the Minister to use whatever influence he has to ensure that some of the 300 Garda recruits are allocated to Rush. It is shameful that elderly, vulnerable people are afraid in their own homes and on James Reilly's doorstep’
Cllr Quinn concluded
“Garda numbers in Fingal are at low level with reductions in Community Gardaí across the County being the most noticeable. I want to commend the hard work that our Gardaí do.
“I would also encourage everybody to report any incidents or suspicious activity to your local Garda, no matter how trivial you may think it is, as Garda resources are allocated according to Pulse Data in each district”