Fine Gael ‘speaking out of both sides of their mouth’ on Clongriffin Garda Station – Mitchell
Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has accused Fine Gael of ‘talking out of both sides of their mouth’ on the issue of a new Garda Station for Dublin Bay North.
Deputy Mitchell made the comments after quizzing the Garda Commissioner at the Oireachtas Justice Committee on reports that a new Garda Station is on the way for the rapidly growing north Dublin area:
“Unfortunately, the Garda Commissioner’s Office said they do not have funding available at the moment for a new Garda Station and that it would be the end of 2021 before there is a possibility of this changing. That is very disappointing.
“The Gardaí in this area are under increasing pressure, and part of that is down to the very rapid population growth and development of the Clongriffin and so-called ‘Northern Fringe’ area. I would call on the Gardaí and the Government to ensure that capital funding is identified and prioritised for a new station alongside more resources for the current Garda stations in the Dublin Bay North area.
“Fine Gael are talking out of both sides of their mouth on this matter. On the one hand, their local representatives are shouting from the rooftops to constituents that a new Garda Station is on the way, while their own Minister for Justice won’t provide any resources to make that a reality.
“Residents in the area recognise the pressure the Gardaí in Coolock are under, particularly in recent weeks where we saw horrific murders in the Darndale and Kilmore areas. The Sinn Féin team here in Dublin Bay North will continue to support residents in their calls for more policing resources and a new dedicated station to serve the Clongriffin area.”