Stroke Politics at Play on Reopening Stepaside – Cullinane
Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane TD said today that in his opinion it is clear that the re-opening of Stepaside Garda Station was a political decision to appease Minister Shane Ross rather than an operational matter for garda operations in the city of Dublin.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“In answer to questions I put to Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy this morning, it was clear that Stepaside is not a priority.
“Deputy Commissioner Leahy said that if he was allocating resources today, he would not be allocating them to Stepaside.
“The criteria for the review of Stepaside were given by the Minister to the former Commissioner.
“The former Commissioner had the freedom to change and amend the criteria so that it was based on pressing need and resources.
“The former Commissioner did not do this and kept with the political framework.
“The acting commissioner has said that he will go ahead and re-open Stepaside.
“In my view, this is stroke politics at its worst and the evidence today simply confirms that this was a political decision, not a garda one.
“The government and Shane Ross need to explain the process to the public and why Stepaside was prioritised over the needs of Dublin Garda operations.”