Don­abate needs a new Garda Sta­tion

CALLS FOR PER­MA­NENT GARDA STA­TION ON THE DON­ABATE PENIN­SULA

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - John MAN­NING

FINE Gael Lo­cal Area Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Don­abate and Swords and long-time com­mu­nity ac­tivist Bob Dowl­ing has re­it­er­ated his call on the Gov­ern­ment to be­gin the process of plan­ning for a Garda sta­tion that would serve the Don­abate and Por­trane area.

In re­sponse to both in­creas­ing crime sta­tis­tics and a mas­sive pop­u­la­tion rise in the area, Mr Dowl­ing said he be­lieves that the Gov­ern­ment have no op­tion but to de­liver on the needed in­fra­struc­ture in the area.

Mr Dowl­ing said: ‘Over the last few years there has been a mas­sive in­crease in crimes that are tak­ing place in Don­abate and Por­trane. While anti-so­cial be­hav­iour is a prob­lem, there has also been a huge in­crease in the num­ber of bur­glar­ies and rob­beries.

‘Re­cently the Don­abate Phar­macy was sig­nif­i­cantly burnt and dam­aged and has re­sulted in the shop be­ing com­pletely un­us­able. Yet de­spite these ob­vi­ous is­sues, there seems to be no ex­tra re­sources to help solve these prob­lems.’

The lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Fine Gael is look­ing for both the Gov­ern­ment and Fin­gal County Coun­cil to ‘in­vest greatly in the area so that the penin­sula can deal with these is­sues’.

He said: ‘We have seen the pop­u­la­tion of Don­abate go up by 41% in five years and yet we have no ma­jor fund­ing for in­fra­struc­ture, we have no vis­i­ble Garda pres­ence, we have no road up­grades that the area badly needs, we have bad plan­ning in the area and we have seen no ef­fort to deal with the lack of fund­ing in the area.

‘Lo­cal res­i­dents feel very strongly that Don­abate and Por­trane have been com­pletely ne­glected by the County Coun­cil, while other ar­eas like Malahide and Port­marnock con­tinue to pros­per.’

Mr Dowl­ing said that it is his be­lief that the Gov­ern­ment needs to in­vest in a Garda sta­tion in Don­abate, but also in many other com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.

He ex­plained: ‘With­out a doubt Don­abate needs a Garda sta­tion, and I have raised this is­sue many times in the past.

‘And while I un­der­stand this is a long process we at least need ex­tra Gar­daí on the streets in the area.

‘We also need to look at how the area will progress go­ing for­ward, we need to look at pos­si­ble new schools, new sport­ing clubs, new child­care fa­cil­i­ties.’

Mr Dowl­ing con­cluded: ‘The lo­cal peo­ple, un­doubt­edly the largest and most im­por­tant stake­hold­ers in the area, can no longer be ex­cluded from these ma­jor de­ci­sions.’

The penin­sula has no per­ma­nent Garda Sta­tion but cur­rently op­er­ates a reg­u­lar Garda clinic out of the Don­abate and Por­trane Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Bob Dowl­ing.

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