Fianna Fáil Seanad Deputy Leader & Spokesperson on Justice, Children and Youth Affairs, Lorraine Clifford Lee has welcomed confirmation she received from Minister of State at the OPW, Kevin Boxer Moran, that Rush Garda Station will be ready for handover to An Garda Síochana at the end of September.
Senator Clifford-Lee said it was a long time coming for the people of Dublin Fingal who were reassured in 2012 when the station closed that a 24-hour service would be provided in the nearby Lusk Garda station – this was not the case.
She warned that the Minister for Justice must ensure that extra Gardaí will be allocated to the area and that all resources are in place so that the station can become fully operational as quickly as possible.
She explained, “The population in the area is rising sharply with Dublin Fingal County Council consistently among the top local authorities providing new dwelling completions and social housing.
“As one of the fastest growing areas in the country it’s entirely reasonable to presume there will be much greater need for a visible police presence. Crime is a real concern and we have witnessed many random acts of violence across North Dublin over recent months.
“The reopening of Rush Garda Station will not only offer greater comfort to the people living in more secluded parts of the county, but also send a message to thugs and criminals that the area isn’t free for them to roam.
“We need a robust and mobile police force and I am calling on the Minister for Justice to ensure that all resources are in place, including extra Gardaí, so that the station will open and be fully functional at the end of September once it is handed over by the OPW to An Garda Síochana”, she concluded.