Minister must clarify policing plans for Stepaside and Cherrywood following publication of PAC report – Councillor Chris Curran
Sinn Féin Councillor for Sandyford and Glencullen Chris Curran has said it is important the Stepaside Garda station is reopened as soon as possible and reiterated his view that a new garda station is required in the area to take account of projected population growth.
Speaking after the publication of a report from the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee today which criticised the process which led to the decision to reopen Stepaside Garda station Councillor Curran said;
“Sinn Féin was to the fore in the campaign to prevent the closure of Stepaside Garda station. The decision to close the station flew in the face of all logic, particularly given the projected population growth for the area. It was also done against the wishes of practically the entire community.
“Unfortunately the process which led to the decision to reopen the station was also flawed and our local Minister Shane Ross has serious questions to answer in relation to that.
“The reality is that, while it was wrong to close Stepaside Garda station and it should be reopened as soon as possible, we now need a new modern garda station that is capable of serving a community that it much larger than it is now.
“In May of last year I called for clarity from the Minister for Justice on a potential new Garda station in Cherrywood. I had been told of this plan by a senior garda and, along with my colleague Councillor Shane O’Brien, I was brought to the site by Cherrywood developers Hines.
“This was dismissed at the time as a rumour in the local media after the Garda Press Office rubbished the suggestion.
“However, the interim report from the Public Accounts Committee, published today, says that the Assistant Commissioner for the Dublin Metropolitan Region stated that population growth over the next 10 to 15 years may require a new Garda station in the Cherrywood area.
“This shows that, at the very least, a new station in Cherrywood is being considered and I am again calling on the Minister for Justice to provide clarity.”