Dublin North Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien has said he is concerned about the future of Malahide Garda Station amid a review of the operation of garda stations by Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
“I am concerned that Malahide Garda Station is part of this review and the soundings I have been hearing are not good. It appears Malahide Garda Station could be put on restricted hours or could be merged with Swords. Neither of these are an option. Malahide, Portmarnock and Kinsealy need this garda station.
Senator O’Brien said: “There are 38 Gardaí based in Malahide station and there are genuine concerns about the future policing policy for Malahide, Portmarnock and Kinsealy. Restricted hours would mean Malahide Garda Station would cease to operate on a 24/7 basis. That would be totally unacceptable to me and the community. Likewise any attempt to merge Malahide with Swords garda station would be very short-sighted and ill advised.
“I will be raising this issue in the Seanad this week and asking that Minister Shatter come into the House and deal with these concerns. When I represented Dublin North in the Dáil the only closure in the justice area was the well fought campaign to close the Headshop selling ‘illegal highs’ in Malahide. I hope the Fine Gael and Labour TDs, in particular Minister James Reilly, are equally as determined as I was in ensuring the community of Malahide is safe and continues to have a full-time Garda Station in Malahide.”