With the ongoing controversy over the decision to reopen Stepaside Garda Station on the southside, there are renewed hopes that Rush station will also be reopened, in an interim report provided to the Government by the Garda.
Its reopening, while widely welcomed, will have a bittersweet feeling, as it will have a profound on the local Musical Society.
Local Sinn Fein TD, Louise O’Reilly told The Gazette she is maintaining pressure on the Government to make sure that Rush Garda station reopens as soon as possible.
She said: “My colleague, Cllr Malachy Quinn and I have campaigned for the reopening of the Garda Station in Rush and we were very disappointed to see the level of political interference which saw one station in South County Dublin prioritised over Rush.
“We spend months knocking on doors collecting signatures in support of the restoration of full Garda services for the area.
“When we handed in the petition to the Minister for Justice, we did so in order to make the office aware of the depth of feeling in Rush.
“We are delighted that our efforts have paid off and that we are now close to the station reopening, but we will not rest until the station is fully operational and until there are adequate resources for Rush and surrounding areas.”
O’Reilly is also aware that the reopening will have a devastating effect on the local award-winning musical society that spent €20,000 converting the former Garda station into a rehearsal area. The society now faces the possibility of having to vacate the premises.
O’Reilly added: “We are also acutely conscious that the station reopening will mean that the award winning musical society may have to relocate – we will be working closely with this group to help find suitable accommodation.”
Rush Musical Society Board member, Barry Kavanagh told The Gazette: “At the moment we are no wiser about what will happen, but obviously if there is a decision made to reopen the Garda station, it would cause considerable hardship for the musical society.
“We have been trying to seek a premises for 28 of the last 30 years and it would cause financial hardship on us, not only because of the money we have invested, but also the impact it would have on ongoing productions and cancellation fees we would incur.”
“At the moment, we have two productions planned, the first being a pantomime at Christmas and a production of Jesus Christ Superstar in April.
“We understand the importance of having a Garda station here and that’s a bittersweet feeling for us.”