Donabate needs a new Garda Station
CALLS FOR PERMANENT GARDA STATION ON THE DONABATE PENINSULA
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.