COUNCILLOR Eddie Ryan has criticised the government’s decision to sell two garda stations in the county which were shut down as part of a nationwide review of garda services.
The government has announced that it is selling around 30 garda stations nationwide which have been closed down, after admitting that the state can find no alternative use for the properties. The closure of more than 100 stations nationwide in recent months sparked outrage and concern in many rural communities who feared an increase in burglaries in remote areas.
“This is yet another loss for these two Limerick communities. Their local garda station has already been shut down and now the building which was once a focal point of the community is being sold off,” said Cllr Eddie Ryan, reacting to news that Doon and Tournafulla stations are to be sold off.
“The government’s excuse is that they couldn’t find any other use for these buildings. I find that extremely hard to believe,” added the Galbally-based councillor. “Unfortunately, the government’s decision to sell off local garda station buildings will be seen as yet another nail in the coffin.”
While Cllr Ryan’s own local garda station in Galbally was one of the stations up for sale, it emerged this week that it has since been taken off the market. It is understood that it will continue to be rented to the two gardai who currently reside there.