O’ Reilly backs Cllr Quinn’s call for a meeting with Garda Commissioner on Rush Garda Station
Sinn Féin Cllr Malachy Quinn has called on the Garda Commissioner to meet with local councillors from Balbriggan and Swords to discuss the closure of Rush Garda Station and the reduction in Garda numbers in the North Fingal Area.
Backing the call by Cllr Quinn, Dublin Fingal Sinn Féin Candidate Louise O Reilly stated:
“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.”
“Having received numerous calls from residents and shop owners in relation to the lack of visible policing in Rush and in the North Fingal Area, Cllr Malachy Quinn put forward a motion at the recent Balbriggan/ Swords Local Area Meeting calling for the Council to request a meeting with the Garda Commissioner and local councillors to discuss the closure as well as reduced Garda numbers.”
“Cllr Quinn highlighted the fact that only €4,000 was saved by the closing of Rush Garda Station” which he said was “a high price to pay by the people of Rush and its surrounding areas for such a paltry saving”.
Ms O Reilly concluded:
“Recent Garda morale has been the result of the slash and cut mentality of central government over the last five years, with Garda numbers now at its lowest in a decade, the membership of An Garda Síochána must be increased beyond the 600 promised in the Budget to 1,000 as outlined in Sinn Fein’s Costed Budget Submission”
“Cllr Quinn and his colleagues in Balbriggan/Swords are now awaiting a response from the Garda Commissioner in regards to a meeting. “