- Rush Garda Station to be considered as one of six to be re-opened nationally -
Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has said that if a decision is reached to re-open the Garda station in Rush, it will be a major step towards ensuring that those living in the area can live in safety and no longer in fear.
His comments were made following reports of the interim report carried out by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan on the reopening of Garda Stations nationwide which is due to be published at the end of this month. The re-opening of Rush Garda Station and the establishment of a new station at Dublin Airport are both said to be recommended as part of the report.
The Deputy said, “Rush is an expanding area with a surrounding hinterland that captures almost 10,000 people ,and the unjust closure of the local Garda Station in 2012 has continued to leave the people of Rush dangerously exposed.
“It is important to remember too that Labour presided over that closure and they therefore cannot pretend to advocate for its re-opening now.
“I was vehemently opposed to the original decision to close the Station and have since continually raised and campaigned with members of the community for the station to be re-opened. If a decision is re-open the Garda station in Rush, it will be a major step towards ensuring that those living in the area can live in safety and no longer in fear.
“Earlier this afternoon I spoke directly with the Minister for Justice, who informed me that it has been recommended to Cabinet to re-open the station although some additional analysis is required. While a formal ratification is expected later this month, all indications are positive.
“Fianna Fáil fought for improved Garda numbers and resources during its negotiations with Fine Gael, to make a real difference to families, towns and villages nationwide.
“I will continue to pursue measures to tackle crime and protect communities across Dublin Fingal and work to ensure that the decision to close Rush Garda station is reversed,” concluded O’Brien.