The Clinic will be up and running from Tuesday 14th February, 11am to 1pm in the Donabate/Portrane Community Centre -
Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has said the establishment of a local Garda clinic in the Donabate/Portrane area, will play a crucial role in assuring our public and providing much needed support in the locality.
Deputy O’Brien and Cllr. Adrian Henchy recently met with the local Garda Superintendent and Inspector to discuss crime and policing issues in North Dublin and the need to increase the Garda presence on the peninsula.
“Sustained cuts to garda resources over the past four years, including the closure of the garda station in Rush, have impacted on the force's ability to effectively carry out their duties. Garda resources are limited in our area with a total compliment of 72 Gardaí assigned to Swords Garda station, this is down from 84 in 2010,” explained Deputy O’Brien.
“During our recent meeting with Gardaí in which we discussed the concerns of constituents and the local neighbourhood watch group, we proposed to establish a clinic in the Donabate/Portrane area and operate it on a trial basis.
“I am very pleased that the Gardaí have acted on our suggestion and the first Garda clinic took place today.
“The Gardaí will be on hand during the clinic to sign and stamp forms and answer any queries or concerns. Members of the force will also bring along frequently used forms including driving licence applications, to help with details.
“I will continue to fight for additional Garda resources in North County to protect our community and provide ease of mind to those that have fallen victim to crime in the locality,” concluded O’Brien.