With a significant rise in crime reported across the whole South Dublin area, Fianna Fail Senator Mary White has called for the re-opening of the Garda station in Stepaside.
Speaking at a public forum Burglaries and Crime: Awareness and Prevention, on Tuesday May 26th in Taney Parish Centre, Senator White said that the closure of Stepaside Garda station never made any sense and the area has proven to be particularly vulnerable to robberies, aggravated burglaries and anti-social behaviour in general. A contributing factor is its proximity to the M50, which allows easy access and a quick exit for criminals.
“The reopening of the Garda station would mean that there will be a central security focus for the thousands of people who live in the area, the thousands of people who come to work there each day, as well as protection of major organisations, multi-national companies, institutions, and local traders. Now that exchequer funds are growing, and more Gardaí are being recruited, it is imperative that the personal safety and security of people and property in this large and vulnerable area are given top priority”, she said.
“A local police presence is recognised as international best practice”, she concluded “and Stepaside Garda Station should be re-opened immediately”.
The public forum was hosted by Senator White, and featured presentations from Sergeant Ivan Howlin of Dundrum Garda Station and leading crime journalist Paul Williams.