Garda chief focused on services in County Limerick not closures

David Hurley

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David Hurley

THE head of the Limerick garda division says he is more concerned about providing a proper policing service in County Limerick rather than whether or not individual garda stations will be closed due to Government cutbacks.

THE head of the Limerick garda division says he is more concerned about providing a proper policing service in County Limerick rather than whether or not individual garda stations will be closed due to Government cutbacks.

Chief Supt David Sheahan made his comments at County Hall during a presentation to members of the County Limerick Joint Policing Committee.

Chief Supt Sheahan confirmed that eight garda stations have been identified as being at risk of closure.

Last month the Limerick Leader revealed that the stations identified during the review are Tournafulla, Kilmeedy, Kilfinane, Doon, Castletown, Shanagolden, Galbally and Mary Street in the city.

However, Chief Supt Sheahan told the meeting that no final decision has been made in relation to any closures.

“At the moment, a review has been carried out in respect of a number of stations in the division. Those stations have been looked at seriously in the context of what savings can be made. In my own view I don’t expect that most of those stations will be closed,” he said.

Chief Supt Sheahan insisted that his focus is on providing the best possible policing service to the people of County Limerick. “I think what’s important and what we should be looking at really is service delivery and not the closure of stations. I’m more interested in making sure that people have the policing service that they want rather than whether a police station is open or closed.”