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Stepaside Garda station should open but political strokes are unacceptable - Councillor Chris Curran

29 September, 2017 - by Chris Curran


Sinn Féin Councillor for Sandyford Glencullen Chris Curran has called for the release of the interim report into the reopening of garda stations.

Councillor Curran said while there is no doubt that the station in Stepaside should be re-opened the reality is that politicians should not be allowed to cherrypick projects in their own constituencies for political gain.

He also said that demographic changes and increased crime rates in the area means a new, large and modern Garda Station will be required sooner rather than later.

Speaking today he said;

“It is clear that the interim report should be published as soon as possible in order to discover how the decision to reopen Stepaside Garda station was arrived at. While there can be no doubt that the station should be reopened it is vital that we see exactly what criteria was used.

“Politicians should not be allowed to cherrypick projects in their own constituencies for political gain.  There are many other communities equally as deserving of their garda station as Stepaside.

“However, while I welcome that Stepaside is to be reopened, it is clear that changing demographics and increase crime rates point to the need for a new, large and modern, garda station to be opened in the area with adequate resources including sufficient garda numbers.

“There was speculation this year that a new station was planned to be included in the Cherrywood development plan, near Carrickmines.  Again, I'm calling for clarity on this as soon as possible.”

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