Mayo district Garda stations facing downgrade after Shatter review

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A number of the garda district headquarters in Co Mayo could soon be facing downgrade and cuts to garda numbers, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Dara Calleary.

The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has confirmed to the Mayo TD that a targeted review of district headquarters is underway. This is in addition to the review of small rural garda stations, which is also likely to lead to more station closures.

“This latest review instigated by Minister Shatter will certainly lead to the downgrading of district headquarter garda stations around the country,” Deputy Calleary explained.

“Mayo has 6 district headquarters, based in Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris, Swinford and Westport. There are strong fears that some of these will soon be stripped of their district headquarter status, resulting in a loss of garda numbers and resources locally.

“This is in addition to Minister Shatter’s ‘review’ of small rural garda stations. He has already closed 39 stations in his first round of cuts earlier this year, including Mulranny, Bellacorick, Glenisland and Tourmakeady. The Minister is now in the process of considering closing more small stations, while separately reviewing the status of all 109 district headquarter stations around the country.

“I am pushing Minister Shatter to reveal when this review will be complete and how exactly it will impact on our garda numbers here in Mayo. Since taking up office, Minister Shatter has been consistent in his attack on community policing and has targeted garda resources in rural areas in particular.

“The station closures and downgrades that have already taken place this have certainly had an impact on local communities, leaving people feeling more vulnerable in their homes as burglary rates continue to rise. I will be strongly opposing any further attack on our garda resources here in Mayo.”