GEASHILL saw the last remaining link of a Garda presence vanish from the village with the removal of the Garda lantern from the barracks last week.
The permanent closure of Geashill Garda Station was announced by Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, TD last December as one of 39 garda stations round the country, which are being shut down for good in attempts by Government to cut spending in his Department.
Geashill was what the Justice Minister described as ‘non operational’ station and seven others like it were earmarked for closure. The station had been unmanned for a period of time and its closure was in recognition of the current reality.
However, its doors may open again, albeit under another guise if other uses can be identified for the building. Earlier this year, in a reply to a parliamentary question, Junior Minister at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Brian Hayes, said the Office of Public Works was to examine “other potential state uses” for the building. If no other use is identified for the building, Minister Hayes replied that arrangements will be made to dispose of the property on the open market.
At the time, Minister Hayes said any viable local proposals concerning the station from the community or the local authority would be considered.