Stepaside Garda Station must be re-opened- Cllr Nic Cormaic
Speaking at the Reopen Stepaside Garda Station rally yesterday, Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormaic spoke about the detrimental impact the closure of rural Garda stations has had on communities and how she will continue playing an active role in lobbying for the station to be reopened.
Nic Cormaic said:
“When the closure of rural garda stations was first announced Sinn Féin activists were out there informing people, standing outside Ballyogan Shopping Centre, collecting petition signatures and handing out leaflets. Sinn Féin is committed to this campaign.
Nic Cormaic continued:
“Despite the fact that we were told the Garda presence and numbers would remain the same, and while there was a spike in the number of Gardaí in Dundrum immediately after Stepaside was closed, Gardaí numbers in the area now number in the 80s, almost back as low as it was in 2009, long before this idea was mooted.
“Let no-one tell you there is no correlation between decrease in Garda presence and an increase in crime. It is this government’s austerity agenda that creates the environment in which crime is increasing: a lack of resources available to people is well known to increase cases of theft and burglary.
“The misguided decision to close Garda stations in order to make a measly €4,000 savings per year merely increases the opportunity for criminal activity and has the effect of making people feel unsafe in their homes. According to the GRA there are 2500 fewer Gardaí now than there was in 2010. Sinn Féín has outlined a fully costed plan to increase Garda numbers by 1000 a year until numbers are back over the safe threshold of 14,000.
Nic Cormaic added:
“I am committed to this campaign. I am committed to getting a Garda station back up and running in this area. And this is not just me standing here before you making an election promise, this is Sinn Féin’s position.”