Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has welcomed the announcement that the process of reopening Donard Garda station is to commence. It comes following the establishment of a pilot scheme to reopen six of the139 Garda stations that were closed across the State in 2012 and 2013.
Speaking after the decision was made Teachta Brady said “The news that Donard Garda Station is set to reopen is to be welcomed. Fine Gael and Labour closed both Donard and Hollywood Garda Stations in West Wicklow. Unfortunately we are now seeing the impact of this, so far this year there have been 114 burglaries in West Wicklow, up dramatically from a total of 76 burglaries in 2016. This signals an alarming increase of 50% in crime in the area.”
“The acting Garda Commissioner has submitted his final report in relation to the pilot scheme and has written to the Office of Public Works to progress the reopening Donard along with five other Garda Stations. I have been raising the need to reopen Donard since it was first closed and have raised it directly with the Minister for Justice numerous times.”
Teachta Brady concluded “This is reopening of Donard Garda Station is positive news positive news for the people of West Wicklow. It follows on from the recent deployment of a number of new Gardaí, including two new Detective Sergeants to West Wicklow in order to deal with the dramatic increase in crime, one in Baltinglass and one to Blessington. Once open Donard Garda Station will play a critical role in helping deal with rural crime.”