Assurances sought as more Garda Stations set to close

Councillor Caillian Ellis has put forward a motion at the May Council meeting calling for Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter and the Garda Commissioner to get clarification on the stations which will be impacted as part of the second round of closures already being considered.

Councillor Caillian Ellis has put forward a motion at the May Council meeting calling for Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter and the Garda Commissioner to get clarification on the stations which will be impacted as part of the second round of closures already being considered.

Co Leitrim has already witnessed the closure of garda stations in Kiltyclogher and Drumkeerin, the only station in the country staffed by a sergeant and two gardai, targeted for closure.

Cllr Ellis expressed the fear that smaller rural garda stations would ultimately close in favour of just one or two main stations in each district.

Cllr Ellis said that he feared stations such as Cloone and the larger Ballinamore Garda Barracks would, ultimately, be closed. “In view of the number of recent retirements from the Gardai, I want the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice to confirm that there is no threat to either Cloone or Ballinamore,” he said.

Cllr Gordon Hughes seconded the motion saying that any closures would be “ridiculous” especially with the rising crime statistics.

Cllr Martin Kenny agreed stating that communities were already looking at setting up text alert schemes in a bid tackle crime. “They are a welcome development but the reality is that these schemes are needed because of the lack of gardai on the ground,” he said.