Reopening of Rush Garda Station recommended by An Garda Síochána – O’Reilly
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Louise O’Reilly has welcomed confirmation from the Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin that the reopening of Rush Garda station has been recommended by An Garda Síochána in a report provided to the Department of Justice this week.
“I very much support the recommendation of An Garda Síochána to reopen Rush Garda station in the report it has provided to the Department of Justice and Equality.
“Rush Garda station is one of six stations nationwide which have been recommended for reopening, with only Stepaside Station confirmed to re-open previously.
“Since 2014, Sinn Féin in Fingal has been campaigning for the re-opening of a Garda Station in Rush, locally through the media, with our petition of signatures, at Council level by Cllr Malachy Quinn as well as lobbying by myself of several Ministers for Justice & Equality.
“The re-opening of a Garda Station in Rush will facilitate a reversal of years of under investment in An Garda Síochána since the closing of the Garda College in Templemore by the then Fianna Fáil/Green Government in 2011, culminating in the closing of the Garda Station by the Fine Gael/Labour Government in 2012.
“In 2012, prior to the announcement of the Station’s closure, An Garda Síochána stated ‘The important message for the community of Rush is that the policing service already being provided will not be affected or reduced’.
“Due to the lack of investment by successive governments since that time, An Garda Síochána in the DMR North Division has seen 1 in 6 Gardaí retiring or leaving without being replaced, an increasing level of criminality & Anti-Social Behaviour.
“As the local Sinn Féin TD, I very much welcome this positive news for Rush & its surrounding areas, the re-opening of a Garda Station in Rush will only assist in an added policing presence across all the towns & villages of North Fingal.
“This signifies a victory for the local community in Rush who have supported our campaign for the reopening of the local Garda station & I would like to thank everyone who signed our petitions & drop leaflets in this campaign.”