Over the past couple of months I have made representations, as Chairperson of the Dublin Central Joint Policing Committee, to the Garda Chief Superintendent regarding the need to retain Cabra Garda Station as a fully functioning station for our area.
While it is extremely regrettable that the Minister for Justice has decided to close Whitehall Garda Station and I am seeking a reversal of this decision (click HERE for more), I do welcome the fact that Cabra Garda Station is to be retained. It is disappointing however that the Government has decided to change the public opening hours of the station. The key change is that, between 10pm and 8am the general public will not have access to the station. This means that during the night the station desk will not be open to the public - however the station will remain fully active. The Chief has assured me that the Garda presence and their operations will remain unchanged at night the only difference is that instead of the Gardai being in the station they will be out in the community. He has assured me that there will be no change in community policing due to this decision.
I will continue to monitor this situation and work to ensure that there is no further reduction to the Garda resources that I have worked hard to secure for our area. If you have any feedback on this issue please email me.