Uncertain future for north Offaly Garda Stations

MINISTER for Justice & Equality Alan Shatter has said that Garda Stations in Clonbullogue, Daingean and Rhode will remain open for 2012 at least, with the formal closure of Geashill Garda Station being confirmed.

MINISTER for Justice & Equality Alan Shatter has said that Garda Stations in Clonbullogue, Daingean and Rhode will remain open for 2012 at least, with the formal closure of Geashill Garda Station being confirmed.

Minister Shatter was asked if he would confirm if the three Garda Stations would remain open for the year and if there has been any discussion regarding their closure by Fianna Fail TD, Dara Calleary.

In reply, the Minister said that the Commissioner’s Policing Plan for 2012 set out the opening hours and closures of a number of Garda Stations including the formal closure of Geashill Garda Station but the closure of Clonbollogue, Daingean and Rhode Garda Station was not on either of these lists.

However, the Fianna Fail TD was informed that the Policing Plan for 2012 has not yet been prepared and therefore it wasn’t possible to say at this stage what it would contain in respect of whether there was any discussion regarding the possible closure of the three Offaly stations, mentioned by Deputy Calleary.

According to the reply, the latest figures for the Tullamore Garda district show that 92 members are assigned to the district including one Garda in Clonbullogue Garda Station, 2 Gardai to Daingean Station and two to Rhode Garda Station.

In addition, there are 14 Garda reserve members, and 5 civilian staff also service in the Tullamore Garda District.