Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Derek Keating (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
Question 387: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to establish a Garda sub station in Palmerstown Dublin 20; his plans to provide the Palmerstown community with an enhanced policing service in view of the increase in crime in the local area and the significant increase in reported break ins and anti social behaviour in local fields and open spaces and the fact that Palmerstown is serviced by two Garda stations, Lucan and Ballyfermot, depending on manpower and events that may be taking place in Dublin which can often withdraw members on duty to cover such events; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17559/11]
Alan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
The location of Garda stations is primarily a matter for the Garda Commissioner.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Palmerstown area is policed on a 24 hour basis by both Ballyfermot and Ronanstown Garda Stations in the DMR West Garda Division.
I also understand from the Garda authorities that there are no plans to open a new Garda station in Palmerstown and that the current arrangements for policing the area make the most efficient use of Garda resources. In that context the overall requirements of the area will continue to be kept under on-going review.