A NEW YEAR anti-crime package for Limerick city unfolded by the Minister for Justice, Michael Noonan, this week, provides for the construction of a new garda station to replace the ramshackle Edward Street building and the introduction of community policing.
Speaking to journalists at Cruise’s Hotel, he pledged that garda manning levels in the city would be kept under constant review.
Work on the new garda station, which will be sited near the Krups plant, will get underway by the autumn. And Minister Noonan declared it was his intention to fulfil that deadline.
He said the site was an exceptionally good one for a garda station as squad cars would be within easy reach of a wide area by using the ring road.
“Limerick has been getting extra gardai from every passing out parade from the training depot.
“Limerick is a major city and needs it.
“There was a review done and during the past year forty extra gardai were drafted into Limerick,” said Minister Noonan.