Fears grow garda sta­tions could face dreaded snip

Oc­to­ber 2009

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

FEARS ARE grow­ing that garda sta­tions in Rath­drum, Ash­ford, Round­wood, Aughrim, Avoca and Shil­le­lagh could face clo­sure if rec­om­men­da­tions made in the Bord Snip re­port are im­ple­mented by the Gov­ern­ment.

The re­port ad­vises the clo­sure of nearly 300 ru­ral garda sta­tions across the coun­try in or­der to help save €5.3 bil­lion in Gov­ern­ment spend­ing.

This would leave sta­tions in Rath­drum, Ash­ford, Round­wood, Aughrim, Avoca and Shil­le­lagh vul­ner­a­ble if the Gov­ern­ment de­cide to act on the re­port’s rec­om­men­da­tions.

At a re­cent County Wick­low Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing, Su­per­in­ten­dent Thomas Con­way was asked if he knew of any plans to close the sta­tions? He replied that he didn’t but vowed to keep mem­bers of the com­mit­tee in­formed of any in­for­ma­tion made avail­able to him.

Cllr. Jimmy O’Shaugh­nessy, who also sits on the Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee, be­lieves garda sta­tions in ru­ral lo­ca­tions are an im­por­tant part of the fab­ric of coun­try liv­ing.

‘There is al­ready a lot of crime in some of these ar­eas. Peo­ple from ru­ral parts of the county de­pend on them. If they are closed it will just give the green light to crim­i­nals to carry out crime.’

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