Fears grow garda stations could face dreaded snip
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.’