Rush Garda Station should be considered for pilot – O’ Reilly
Responding to a response to a parliamentary question from the Minister for Justice, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal, Louise O’Reilly TD, has said that the Minister for Justice needs to ensure objective criteria should be used for the pilot scheme on reopening Garda stations and that she would be supporting Rush Garda station under this process.
Deputy O’Reilly said:
“The programme for Partnership Government made a firm commitment to launch a pilot scheme to reopen 6 Garda stations. However, following a question to the Minister it seems there is scant detail on the basis upon which stations will be chosen for the pilot. Indeed, while the Minister advises that the Garda Commissioner and the Policing Authority have responsibility for this area, she does say that she will have a role in this.
“It is important that we have transparency in this process, and that all areas are considered equally on their merit and their need for increased Garda presence in the community.
“It is disappointing that we have no clarity on this and the people of Rush are particularly eager that their station be reopened. I am very adamant that this station be strongly considered and I will continue to push for this. The Minister should ensure that objective criteria are used and I will be making representations for Rush Garda given its importance to the local community.” ENDS
QUESTION NO: 70
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald)
by Deputy Louise O'Reilly
for WRITTEN on Tuesday, 24th May, 2016.
* To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the Garda Síochána stations she will re-open as per the Programme for Government; if Rush Garda Síochána station will be among the pilot stations she will re-open; the criteria she will use for deciding on which stations will be chosen; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
- Louise O'Reilly
The Programme for a Partnership Government recognises that community policing is 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 will be asked to oversee a review of, among other things, both the boundaries of Garda districts and 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.
The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to her. This includes responsibility for the formulation of proposals in relation to the opening and closing of Garda Stations, taking into account crime trends and policing priorities, so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources. Indeed, this was the basis on which the Garda District and Station Rationalisation Programme 2012-2013 was developed and implemented.
The Programme for a Partnership Government commits the Government to launching a pilot scheme to reopen 6 Garda stations, both urban and rural, to determine possible positive impacts that such openings will have on criminal activity, with special emphasis on burglaries, theft and public order. This will be initiated within two months and I intend to consult with Commissioner and the Policing Authority to agree the process through which the Commissioner will identify the 6 stations that will be reopened under the pilot.