Ó Domhnaill challenges Justice Minister on future of Glenties Garda Station

Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has told the Seanad Éireann that the uncertainty over the future of Glenties Garda Station is causing wide-spread concern across west Donegal.

 

The Fianna Fáil Senator moved an emergency motion in the Seanad last night (Wednesday 20th June) amid concerns that the Justice Minister Alan Shatter plans to remove the District Headquarters status of Glenties garda station. He called on the Government to clarify the situation, but Minister of State Kathleen Lynch refused to provide any commitment to the future of the station.

 

Senator Ó Domhnaill said; “Minister Lynch’s response to my questions was deeply disappointing. Communities across west Donegal were looking for some assurances about the future of the Garda District Headquarters in Glenties, but the Government has again dodged the issue.

 

“This raises further concerns about the Justice Minister’s plans to close even more rural garda stations in the coming months. He has already shut down 39 this year and is now reviewing more for closure. There is no doubt that Donegal is in the firing line and that some of our garda stations could face closure or downgrade. All of this at a time when the rate of burglaries and petty crime is on the increase in border counties.

 

“The Glenties Garda District covers a huge geographical area stretching from Kilcar/Carrick to Meenacuing in Gweedore, covering stations which include; Annagry, Ardara, Bunbeg, Burtonport, Carrick, Dungloe and Glencolmcille. The Garda strength as of the 31 May 2012 was 52 in the Glenties District from a total of 433 in the Donegal Division.

 

“The Justice Minister Alan Shatter and the Fine Gael-Labour Government are responsible for providing resources to An Garda Síochána to protect our citizens. An under re-sourced force cannot be expected to do this work effectively. The Government’s total lack of commitment to protecting resources for community policing is a cause of extreme concern,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.

 

ENDS

Posted: Jun 21, 2012     |     Categories: Uncategorized