Re­port on Rush Garda Sta­tion de­lay

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - John MAN­NING

A local Fianna Fáil se­na­tor has called on the Gov­ern­ment to re­lease a re­port that is not two months de­layed that will clar­ify the fu­ture of Rush Garda Sta­tion.

Rush Garda Sta­tion has been widely ru­moured to be one of six sta­tions to re-open as part of a De­part­ment of Jus­tice pi­lot scheme but the re­port de­tail­ing the move is now two monts late.

Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesper­son for Jus­tice, Se­na­tor Lor­raine Clif­ford Lee has said that the de­lay in pub­lish­ing the Garda in­terim re­port with­out any ex­pla­na­tion or in­di­ca­tion of when it can be ex­pected is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.

The in­terim re­port car­ried out by the Garda Com­mis­sioner on the re­open­ing of Garda Sta­tions across the coun­try was due to be pub­lished over two months ago.

Com­ment­ing on the de­lay, the Fin­gal-based se­na­tor said: ‘The un­just clo­sure of Rush Garda Sta­tion in 2012 con­tin­ues to leave peo­ple in the lo­cal­ity fear­ful es­pe­cially as crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour have be­come a grow­ing con­cern in re­cent years and months.

‘A vis­i­ble pres­ence is needed to de­ter would be crim­i­nals, tar­get crime-pre­ven­tion, re­move fear from the lo­cal­ity and en­hance sup­port for the vic­tims of crime.

‘I have con­sis­tently em­pha­sised the crit­i­cal need to con­sider the re-open­ing of Rush Garda Sta­tion to fill the void in polic­ing across North Dublin.’

Se­na­tor Clif­ford Lee said: ‘Peo­ple are un­der­stand­ably wor­ried that a pro­posal to re-open Rush Garda sta­tion will not form part of the Com­mis­sioner’s re­port. If this Gov­ern­ment is lis­ten­ing then there would be no clearer mes­sage than the re-open­ing of our local Garda sta­tion.

‘We sim­ply can­not be forced to con­tinue to tol­er­ate a sit­u­a­tion where peo­ple feel vul­ner­a­ble and un­safe in their homes par­tic­u­larly as our ur­ban area con­tin­ues to grow. Fianna Fáil re­main com­mit­ted to restor­ing a Garda pres­ence in com­mu­ni­ties across Ire­land and in Rush in par­tic­u­lar.’

The local se­na­tor con­cluded: ‘We have been re­peat­edly as­sured by Gov­ern­ment that this re­port would be pub­lished, yet it is now two months over­due. Min­is­ter Flana­gan needs to re­as­sure peo­ple that the re­port on re­open­ing a num­ber of Garda sta­tions is fi­nally pub­lished and acted upon as a mat­ter of ur­gency.’

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