Garda Station Report must be published without delay – Nolan
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Community and Rural Development, Teachta Carol Nolan, has called on the Minister for Justice to release the interim report on the re-opening of Garda stations across the state.
Teachta Nolan said:
“139 Garda stations have been closed since 2011, many of them in rural communities.
“The Programme for Government makes a clear commitment to reopen 6 Garda Stations as part of a pilot scheme within two months of the current government taking office.
“The interim report on the re-opening of these Garda stations has been prepared by the Garda Commissioner and is currently with the Department of Justice.
“This report was due to be published in July and is now almost three months delayed.
“The delay in publishing this report is an insult to rural communities, many of whom have been campaigning for additional garda resources for their areas.
“There has been a growing concern that the closure of local Garda stations has reduced Garda visibility and made rural communities vulnerable to crime.
“This has contributed to many older people feeling vulnerable in their homes, particularly those in isolated areas.
“In addition, farmers have increasingly found themselves dealing with the theft of valuable farm machinery and livestock.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that this Government is stalling for time and has no desire to re-open the closed Garda Stations.
“This is completely unacceptable and I am calling on the Minister for Justice to immediately publish this report and commence the pilot scheme without further delay.”