Donard sta­tion to re­open in Jan­uary

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

DONARD Garda Sta­tion is ex­pected to re­open in Jan­uary fol­low­ing re­fur­bish­ment works.

Re­fur­bish­ment works started at the sta­tion last week and Deputy John Brady said he had re­ceived a com­mit­ment that the ru­ral sta­tion would re­open in Jan­uary.

While he wel­comed the news for Donard, Deputy Brady called for Hol­ly­wood Garda Sta­tion to be re­opened as a pri­or­ity to de­ter crime in ru­ral ar­eas.

He said that hav­ing lo­cal sta­tions in iso­lated ar­eas is vi­tal to small com­mu­ni­ties.

‘The clo­sure of Donard and Hol­ly­wood Garda sta­tions in West Wick­low re­duced Garda vis­i­bil­ity and made ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties vul­ner­a­ble to crime,’ he said.

‘This con­trib­uted too many older peo­ple feel­ing vul­ner­a­ble in their homes, par­tic­u­larly those in iso­lated ar­eas. A de­ci­sion on what re­sources will be de­ployed in the re­opened sta­tion still needs to be taken.’

‘Whilst I’m glad the gov­ern­ment have done a U-turn on the clo­sure of Donard Garda sta­tion, they must now do the same in re­la­tion with the de­ci­sion to close Donard Post Of­fice which is due to hap­pen in Jan­uary,’ he added.

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