Station closure - community exposure

There are fresh calls to reconsider the closure and downgrading of Garda stations in the county following last week’s statistics revealing a surge in burglaries in Sligo Leitrim.

There are fresh calls to reconsider the closure and downgrading of Garda stations in the county following last week’s statistics revealing a surge in burglaries in Sligo Leitrim.

Burglaries increased by 30% in the two counties – the highest increase in the county.

Senator Marc Mac Sharry said, “This is not the time for closing garda stations - it is the time to protect our communities by having a strong and visible garda presence.

Local Gardai have repeatedly advised locals to take care of their valuables and not to keep large quantities of cash in their homes. The GRA this week said Gardai are on the brink of a crisis and are calling on Justice Minister Shatter not to shut any more rural stations at the annual conference entitled ‘Station closure -- community exposure’ in Athlone.

Last month Kiltyclogher Garda station closed it’s doors and Drumkeerin’s station is set to close by the end of this month, despite repeated calls from Leitrim County Council and over 900 signatures to save the barracks. But there are further worries that more closures are on the way as Minister Shatter has confirmed he wants more garda stations closed by 2013.