Re-opening Rush must get priority
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.’