THE Justice Minister has confirmed that two garda stations in the Limerick garda division will be closed during 2012 due to cutbacks in the garda budget.
Shanagolden and Doon garda stations will be two of 31 which will be closed across the Country. Ten other stations will have their opening times reduced.
Despite the closures, Minister Alan Shatter says policing levels will not be affected. â€œI want to assure people living in the areas close to and served by those stations that the Garda SÃochÃ¡na is committed to continuing to provide the most professional and effective policing service possible to them,â€ he said.
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said: â€œThere is a challenge there for us in managing public expectations and explaining that while a policing service may not always be provided in the same way as it was in the past, it is no less effective and our commitment to the community is not diminished.â€
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