Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Alan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
In reaching a decision on the closure of Garda stations, the Commissioner reviewed all aspects of the Garda Síochána’s policing model, including the deployment of personnel, the utilisation of modern technologies and the operation of Garda stations, both in terms of opening hours and possible closures. In addition, all Divisional Officers were asked to assess the level of activity in each Garda Station in their area. It must be stressed that the key objective of the station closures is to promote the more efficient and effective deployment of resources rather than secure modest cash savings. In this context the Commissioner has concluded that Garda resources could be better deployed and more effectively used on the front-line if these particular stations no longer had to be staffed and maintained. There are no plans to review those decisions.
The Garda Commissioner has reiterated the commitment of An Garda Síochána to providing a professional and effective service to the community. Each Divisional Officer with responsibility for a Division that will be affected by this decision has been tasked with developing a comprehensive consultation strategy together with a tailored implementation plan that will meet the particular needs of their Division. They will consult with the various stakeholders within their respective Divisions during this process. On receipt of a formal closure notice of the station from An Garda Síochána, the Office of Public Works will examine other potential uses for the property.