Pictured above: Senator Mary White at the Protest against the closure of Stepaside Garda Station.
Senator Mary White has again spoken out against the closure of Stepaside Garda Station. Senator White spoke passionately in Seanad Eireann on Wednesday night outlining her belief in the centrality of Stepaside Garda station to the local community and to the feeling of safety and welfare of the people living there.
“I was at the Sunday protest in Stepaside, and the sense of community and togetherness there was palpable,” said Senator White. “That sense of community is inherent in the local Garda station. It’s not just a station, it’s the centrepiece of the village and village life, a reminder of safety for those who go about their daily business in Stepaside, and a deterrent to those who go against community life.”
Senator White has spoken strongly on the negative effects of the closure of Garda stations, particularly in south Dublin, and will continue to offer her help and support to those who fight together to keep the community of Stepaside as vibrant as has always been. The Garda station at Stepaside caters for roughly 30,000 people over a geographical space 40% that of the whole of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. There are three industrial estates in its catchment area, with a range of Luas stops and proximity to the M50 making it a very open and accessible space.”