Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Timmy Dooley has criticised the government after it was announced that Lissycasey Garda station is set to close from March 1st next.
Deputy Dooley said that the latest station closure in Clare is a further blow to policing services and will damage the public’s confidence in policing.
Speaking following the announcement Deputy Dooley commented, “The closure of Lissycasey Garda station will come as a shock to the local community. Policing services were centralised at the station following the previous cull of Garda stations in 2012. At that time the local community in Lissycasey and surrounding areas were led to believe that their policing services would be safeguarded and upgraded over time. It is now clear that the public were given nothing but false hope.
“This latest station closure makes it clear for all to see that Minister Fitzgerald is continuing on with former Minister Shatter’s policy of attacking rural Ireland. It is unbelievable to think that the government is closing more Garda stations at a time when crime is on the rise in rural Ireland.
“It has been indicated that Kilmihil Garda station will reopen to facilitate the closure of the Lissycasey base. This is despite the fact that the government moved to close Kilmihil station less than two years ago in the face of huge local opposition. I have serious concerns about the lack of details available regarding the manpower and resources that will be allocated to Kilmihil station.
“This latest sorry saga makes you question whether the government has any plan at all when it comes to policing in rural Ireland. The announcement will further damage public confidence in policing services at a time when the Gardai are already under significant pressure due to continuous government cutbacks” said Deputy Dooley.