Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has said local Government representatives are trying to hide from the fact there is no concrete plan or timeframe in place to ensure the reopening of the Garda Station in Rush, North County Dublin.
The Deputy received information from the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan earlier this month which confirms that there is no timeframe in place for re-opening Rush Garda Station and that it is still only at design and planning stage.
“It’s been over 6 months since Rush Garda Station was approved for reopening, yet the only progress that has been made is estimating a cost for the works that need to be carried out,” said O’Brien.
“It is clear that there is no real energy coming from Government quarters in the effort to reopen the station despite Rush being a major urban area with a growing population of over 10,000 people.
“It made no sense to close the station in the first instance but the delay in getting it back operational is even more damning. The fact that the area is without a full time Garda Station is indefensible and it is leaving the people of Rush unprotected.
“Crime is one of the most pressing issues in Fingal and without a full time Garda station with additional Garda resources, the level of criminal activity will likely rise.
“The decision to re-open Rush Garda Station was trumpeted by our local representatives in Government but I haven’t heard much from them in terms of an update or timescale of when people can actually expect the station to be operational.
He concluded, “For all we know we could be another 6 years waiting for a full time Garda presence to be restored in the area.”