One of the Garda Stations to be shut down by the Justice Minister Alan Shatter is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment at considerable expense to An Garda Síochána, according to Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Dara Calleary.
Deputy Calleary has confirmed that major renovation and redecoration works are being carried out at Loughglynn Garda Station in Co Roscommon, but despite this, the station was named by Minister Shatter this week as one of 31 he plans to shut down.
“It beggars belief that Minister Shatter could sanction expensive refurbishments of a garda station that he has no intention of keeping open,” said Deputy Calleary. “Even as we speak, the builders are at Loughglynn Garda Station today continuing with their work. An Garda Síochána will foot the bill for all of these renovations, despite the fact that the facility is now being shut down.
“This is just further evidence of the fact that closing these rural garda stations makes no financial sense. There savings achieved by shutting these 31 stations is nominal, while the impact on the community is enormous. In the case of Loughglynn, the gardaí have invested considerable resources on carrying out necessary improvements to the building so shutting it down will cost far more than keeping it open.
“I am calling on Minister Shatter to explain his logic in closing Loughglynn station and to outline the full costs of the refurbishments so far. The community is confused and concerned by his policy and they require some answers.”