EIGHT garda stations in Limerick are likely to be closed after December’s Budget due to cost cutting measures, the Limerick Leader has learned.
Sources have confirmed that the stations in Tournafulla, Kilmeedy, Kilfinane, Doon, Castletown, Shanagolden and Galbally are set to be closed and their attached gardai transferred to district headquarters in Newcastle West, Bruff and Askeaton.
The garda station on Mary Street in the city is also due to be shut.
The stations which are to be closed were selected from an initial list of twelve in the Limerick division which were identified by a garda strategic review group after the Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan, ordered a review of the force’s national operations.
Although Minister for Justice Alan Shatter again insisted this week that “no decision has been made” about garda station closures, the expected closure of the eight Limerick stations is likely to spark opposition and controversy.
Jim Carmody, spokesman for the Limerick branch of the Garda Representative Association, said that rank-and-file members remain “completely opposed” to any closures or reduced hours in rural stations.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 29, 2011