Lack of communication over Stepaside Garda Station slammed

by Gazette Reporter

The ongoing row over the future of Stepaside Garda station shows no sign of abating.

Dublin Rathdown TD and Green Party Deputy Leader, Catherine Martin has expressed concern at the recent reports that Government departments apparently didn’t inform each other before the announcement on the plan for a ‘modular’ Garda station for Stepaside was made.

According to Deputy Martin, this incoherent approach, full of inconsistencies, is a cause of ongoing concern for the local community.

She told Dublin Gazette: “If Government departments can’t properly keep each other in the loop, then it is no wonder the local community in Stepaside feels frustrated at being given contradictory information in relation to the reopening of Stepaside Garda Station.

“Government should work out a clear plan and timeline to implement and honour the commitment made to open Stepaside Garda Station.

“The local community is only demanding that the promise that was made to them to reopen their local station be upheld, no more or no less.

“I will continue to call for clarity from Government on this issue, as the local community’s patience is long past worn thin.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Minister Shane Ross, a long-time advocate for the reopening of Stepaside Garda station said: “Deputy Martin seems to have misunderstood the progress that has been made so far.

“The struggle of the local community to reopen our station, which began in 2013, has been longer than many of us would have liked.

“However, as a result of their efforts, a breakthrough is imminent. We have good grounds for optimism that we will soon see a purpose-built station in Stepaside village and our gardai will again be based in the heart of the community next year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

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