Dáil Éireann - Volume 588 - 29 June, 2004

Written Answers. - Garda Stations.

[655]   379. Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will comment on the future of a Garda Station (details supplied) in Dublin 8. [19535/04]

  Mr. McDowell:The Garda authorities inform me that there are no plans either to close Garda stations in the Dublin metropolitan region or to reduce their opening hours. The optimum use of Garda stations was considered as part of the major review of the Garda organisation structures under the strategic management initiative programme of modernisation which looked in detail at a range of areas within the organisation. The Garda strategic management initiative implementation steering group’s final report, which is available on my Department’s website, does not refer to the closure of any specific Garda station, but makes recommendations to assist policy-making on the management and use of all available resources, including Garda stations. This report is under examination within my Department and I will give careful consideration to all of the steering group’s recommendations.