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Comment #619510 by UrbexJunkie

UrbexJunkie Sep 21st 2012, 7:00 AM #

During this time of high unemployment it would be silly to close any stations. This just gives more motivation to the criminals out there.

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Senator hits out at possible closure of rural garda stations

Senator hits out at possible closure of rural garda stations

Trevor Ó Clochartaigh said that people are worried that crimes may increase if this happens. Meanwhile, Minister Shatter has given the latest update on the closures.

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    Favourite Paul Walsh
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    Sep 21st 2012, 7:38 AM

    There are a lot of stations only open for a couple of hours a week anyway, having one garda sitting at a reception desk in a remote station isn’t going to deter crime.

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    Favourite Nuffsaid Thatsall
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    Sep 21st 2012, 8:07 AM

    They’re behind the desk for a few hours & out patrolling for the rest of their days work!

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    Sep 21st 2012, 8:24 AM

    Or based at a larger station in a nearby town, so why not just let them patrol the whole time? They don’t wander around these small villages waiting for something to happen, give them a car and let them drive around these places.

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    Sep 21st 2012, 8:39 AM

    What about the local people who just want to discretely call into the station to pass on some information to the local Guard about something suspicious & don’t want a patrol car seen outside their house! And once a rural station is closed down the patrol car allocated to it is let to run it’s course where it’s not replaced!! Rural Patrols by town based Gardai will be less and less and the rural community will be left to the wolves!!

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    Sep 21st 2012, 8:49 AM

    Im not saying there should be zero presence, but the reality is that for some stations someone will come from one station, open the second station for a few hours once a week, then go back to the first station. They could be better served patrolling the whole time.

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