Re-open­ing Rush must get pri­or­ity

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

A FIN­GAL sen­a­tor has called on the Min­is­ter for Jus­tice to at­tend the Seanad to an­swer ques­tions on the de­layed re-open­ing of Rush Garda Sta­tion.

Sen­a­tor Lor­raine Clif­ford Lee (FF) has called on Min­is­ter Char­lie Flana­gan to an­swer ques­tions on the is­sue in the Seanad af­ter a Garda In­terim Re­port, rec­om­mended the re-open­ing of four Garda sta­tions in­clud­ing Rush and the open­ing of two new sta­tions.

Speak­ing in Seanad Éire­ann yes­ter­day, Sen­a­tor Clif­ford-lee 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.

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

Sen­a­tor Clif­ford Lee added: ‘Act­ing Garda Com­mis­sioner Dó­nall Ó Cualáin con­firmed dur­ing Com­mit­tee pro­ceed­ings last week that con­tact with the OPW is al­ready un­der­way with re­gards the re-open­ing Stepa­side.

‘If such moves have al­ready been made to re-open Stepa­side Garda sta­tion, I am at a loss as to why the same has not oc­curred in Rush, es­pe­cially since the sec­ond in­terim re­port gave Rush Garda sta­tion the same sta­tus as Stepa­side.’

The Fin­gal sen­a­tor said: ‘It is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able that no ex­pla­na­tion what­so­ever has been pro­vided as to why the pri­or­ity is be­ing given to the re-open­ing of Stepa­side.

‘I urge the Min­is­ter for Jus­tice to come be­fore the Seanad to pro­vide de­tail as to when we can ex­pect Rush Garda Sta­tion to be back in op­er­a­tion and to also dis­cuss the lack of re­sources be­ing al­lo­cated to Fin­gal.’

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