Seanad Spokesperson for Justice, Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee has said that plans to re-open Rush Garda Station, North County Dublin must be outlined and acted on urgently.

Earlier this month, Assistant Garda Commissioner, Pat Leahy confirmed during the Public Accounts Committee that Rush Garda Station would be one of six Garda Stations to be reopened nationwide under a pilot programme. The Donabate based Senator raised the matter in Seanad Éireann yesterday.

Speaking on the essential need to re-open the station in Rush, Senator Clifford-Lee said, “Rush Garda station’s closure in 2012 has had an adverse impact on the local community. Rush is a town with a population of 10,000 people and is growing rapidly.

“When I tabled a Commencement matter in March regarding the need to reopen Rush station, I was told that a report would go to the Minister at the end of May but it’s taken until now for a final report to go to Government.

“While the reopening is welcome, there is a fear across north County Dublin that this is a false dawn.

“I am calling on the Minister of State to give a clear time frame for the station’s reopening.

“In order for it to be operational, remedial works will have to be completed, vehicles and ICT equipment must be provided and most importantly, extra Gardaí will need to be allocated to the station.

“It is crucial that more Gardaí are put in place so that Rush Garda station can be reopened without a decrease of service elsewhere in the North County. Redistributing Gardaí from within the division to serve the reopening of Rush Garda Station will not suffice.

“The Minister must give the people of Rush a guarantee that the reopening will be fast tracked and completed in a reasonable time frame and whether Rush will receive the necessary resources to ensure the station will reopen without any further delay,” concluded the Donabate based Senator.