It has been revealed that it could cost over €1m to reopen Stepaside Garda Station, while it would only cost €220,000 to reopen the station in Rush.
Sinn Fein councillor for Glencullen Sandyford, Chris Curran, has called on the government to begin planning for a new Garda Station in the constituency, after it was revealed that the cost of reopening Stepaside Garda Station will exceed €1million.
Cllr Curran said: “Closing the Garda Station was a disaster, not just because we need a police station, but because current health and safety legislation and building controls, means that the reopening of the building will need to meet the new standards.
“Reopening the Garda station means that substantial works will be required to bring the building to code, like wheelchair accessibility, male and female dressing rooms, interview rooms, cells, energy rating and parking to mention a few.
“The need for a new Garda Station is supported by the population increases outlined in three Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council development plans, which show that 30,000 people will move into Cherrywood, 10,000 people will move into Glenamuck and 20,000 people will move into Stepaside/Leopardstown/Ballyogan.
“That’s 60,000 more people in the general area, which is more than the populations of places like Drogheda, Waterford, Dundalk and Navan.
“Then there’s the proposed new shopping centre at the end of the Ballyogan Road. How is that going to be policed?
“We need to get real about the policing needs of the entire community and park the political charades.”
In response to Cllr Curran’s criticism, Minister for Tourism and Sport and local TD, Shane Ross, who has been an advocate for the opening of Stepaside Garda station told Dublin Gazette: “I am shocked to hear that Councillor Chris Curran is critical on the proposed expenditure of €1 million to reopen Stepaside Garda Station.
“Would Councillor Curran rather the station remain closed? Or that it be opened, but not be fit for purpose for the Gardaí based there and visiting members of the public?
“I have complete faith that the Office of Public Works will provide a modern, functioning, cost-efficient Garda station, to meet the needs of the people of Stepaside, Kilternan, Glencullen, Carrickmines, Sandyford, Leopardstown and surrounding areas.
“This is a necessity for the community, has been long-awaited and will be delivered.”