Pictured above: Senator Mary White protesting the closure of Stepaside Garda Station.
Fianna Fáil is committed to reopening Stepaside Garda Station said Senator Mary White today at the launch of the party’s crime policy document ‘Safer Communities’.
“South East Dublin is one of the areas that has suffered the most under the harsh cuts implemented by the Fine Gael/Labour government. In the two years since Stepaside Garda station closed burglaries in the area have soared by 76%.
“Fianna Fáil in office will increase the strength of An Garda Siochána to 15,000 and is committed to more than doubling the Garda Reserve to 2,500. We are aware that criminal gangs are using the improved motorway network to quickly target estates along key access routes that allow them to make a quick escape. That’s why we want more gardaí on the streets, more hi-speed vehicles for gardaí and CCTV at critical junctions along the motorway network,” she added.
“Fine Gael and Labour closed 139 Garda stations, saving a paltry €556,000 a year while communities are left unprotected. Our carefully costed plans in ‘Safer Communities’ will ensure greater protection for all communities.”
NOTE: Senator Mary White will be speaking at a public rally to reopen Stepaside Garda Station this Sunday, January 24th at 2.30pm. The rally will take place in Stepaside Village.