O' Reilly hands in petition to reopen Rush Garda Station
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal, Louise O’Reilly, has today submitted a petition to the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald requesting the reopening of Rush Garda station and the restoration of services to Lusk. The petition is the result of local demand for the reopening of the station and Deputy O’Reilly has been collecting signatures for the past number of weeks.
Deputy O’Reilly said:
“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 this, I have spent the last number of weeks collecting a petition of signatures in the local community. Every weekend, we have been meeting people on this and they have voiced their anger over the current situation and now I am submitting the petition to the Minister to see first-hand the groundswell of support for the re-opening of the station.
“The programme for Partnership Government made a firm commitment to launch a pilot scheme to reopen six 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.
“In recent months, serious violent crime has visited the community of Fingal and I believe that as part of the pilot scheme all areas should be considered equally on their merit and their need for increased Garda presence in the community. Reopening Rush Garda station and restoring services to Lusk I believe should be part of this.
“This petition shows that the people of Dublin Fingal are particularly eager that this station be reopened and services restored. I will continue to push for this with the Minister and the Department.” ENDS