Seanad Spokesperson for Justice, Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee has said that the lack of timeframe or projected completion of remedial works to re-open Rush Garda Station is deeply frustrating for the 10,000 or more people living in the immediate area.
It’s now almost 7 months on since Assistant Garda Commissioner; Pat Leahy confirmed to the Public Accounts Committee that Rush Garda Station would be one of six Garda Stations to be reopened under a national pilot programme.
The Donabate based Senator raised the matter in Seanad Éireann again last week and said, “The people of Rush are growing increasingly anxious that the Garda station be reopened as a matter of urgency.
I have asked the Minister time and time again to provide an outline of when local residents can expect the stations re-opening, but am yet to receive any meaningful response.
“While Minister Flanagan has confirmed to me that the vital assessment between the Office of Public Works and An Garda Síochana has been completed, the process appears to have stalled at the next stage of procurement given the length of delay already.
“Until contracts are signed as part of the tendering process, remedial works cannot begin – the Minister doesn’t seem to recognise how frustrating these unnecessary delays are in re-opening this station.
“It’s hugely important too that provisions are put in place now to supply the appropriate level of Garda resources to the station when eventually open and operating.
“It’s wholly unsatisfactory that the Minister for Justice was at a complete loss as to an estimated timescale for the tendering process to be finished.
“I have written to the Minister of State, Boxer Moran requesting further information from his Department relating to the re-opening of Rush Garda Station.
“The people of Rush have been adversely affected by this closure for the past 5 years and deserve the provision of modern, effective policing in their community from here forth.”