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Serious concerns for policing in Cork city as only one Garda station to stay open at night from 2013


Skyrocket

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Cork city is to be badly hit by reductions in Garda station hours announced by Alan Shatter during the budget. The city currently has five 24-hour Garda stations but will be left with only one open at night (9 pm-7 am); Anglesea street, if the proposed reductions in opening hours are implemented.

The Bridewell in the city centre, Mayfield and Gurranabraher on the northside and Togher on the southside are the Garda stations to be cut back to daytime opening only.

Willie Gleeson, President of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has expressed serious concern:

"I am concerned we won’t be in a position to properly deal with issues and calls as we will only have one station open after 9pm."

"I am particularly concerned at the number of stations with reduced opening hours, three of those, Togher, Mayfield, and Gurranabraher, are very, very busy district headquarters. I would call on the minister and the Garda Commissioner, even at this late stage, to properly consult with staff associations and the community in those areas as to how they will be policed."

City left with one Garda station open for 24 hours | BreakingNews.ie

There has been a deafening silence from Cork city TDs (listed below) on the issue, even those in opposition. None have issued any public statements that I can find and I haven't seen or heard anything from them in the local media.

North-Central


Kathleen Lynch (Labour), Minister of State at the Department of Health.
Darragh Murphy (Fine Gael).
Billy Kelleher (Fianna Fail)
Jonathan O'Brien (Sinn Fein)

South-Central

Simon Coveney (Fine Gael), Minister of Agriculture, Food & the Marine.
Jerry Buttimer (Fine Gael).
Ciaran Lynch (Labour).
Michael Martin (Fianna Fail leader), Leader of the opposition.
Michael McGrath (Fianna Fail).
 
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ruserious

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This is such a stupid cut-back. If anything, stations should be closed/limited during the day and open at night when they are needed.
 

mido

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Gardai on the street and in cars are more relevant than on open building. Cork isn't that big anyway in that everywhere is within 10 mins of "city" centre
 

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Kathleen Lynch is too busy fighting da intorrnet to find time fighting crime....
 
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This is an extremely risky move. One that is bound to backfire !!!
 

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Will all Garda stations be closed at the same time or will it be staggered? If the former then this is worryingly stupid.
 

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Cork city is to be badly hit by reductions in Garda station hours announced by Alan Shatter during the budget. The city currently has five 24-hour Garda stations but will be left with only one open at night (9 pm-7 am); Anglesea street, if the proposed reductions in opening hours are implemented.

The Bridewell in the city centre, Mayfield and Gurranabraher on the northside and Togher on the southside are the Garda stations to be cut back to daytime opening only.

Willie Gleeson, President of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has expressed serious concern:

"I am concerned we won’t be in a position to properly deal with issues and calls as we will only have one station open after 9pm."

"I am particularly concerned at the number of stations with reduced opening hours, three of those, Togher, Mayfield, and Gurranabraher, are very, very busy district headquarters. I would call on the minister and the Garda Commissioner, even at this late stage, to properly consult with staff associations and the community in those areas as to how they will be policed."

City left with one Garda station open for 24 hours | BreakingNews.ie

There has been a deafening silence from Cork city TDs (listed below) on the issue, even those in opposition. None have issued any public statements that I can find and I haven't seen or heard anything from them in the local media.

North-Central


Kathleen Lynch (Labour), Minister of State at the Department of Health.
Darragh Murphy (Fine Gael).
Billy Kelleher (Fianna Fail)
Jonathan O'Brien (Sinn Fein)

South-Central

Jerry Buttimer (Fine Gael).
Ciaran Lynch (Labour).
Michael Martin (Fianna Fail leader), Leader of the opposition.
Michael McGrath (Fianna Fail).
You left out Coveney in CSC. Whilst he may live around Minane Bridge or somewhere, he nonetheless represents part of the city.
 

ruserious

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Will all Garda stations be closed at the same time or will it be staggered?
I imagine all the same time. How can one station at night deal with all the inner city problems as well as police the suburbs effectively? Madness and destined to fail.
 

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Gardai on the street and in cars are more relevant than on open building. Cork isn't that big anyway in that everywhere is within 10 mins of "city" centre
Dead right, I know from members of the force that there are some handy duties indoors both night and day. I remember years ago a shop owner in a certain town told me he was held up just as he was about to close. He rang the guards to say that the robber was about to pass the station and asked that the guard would step out and nab him. Guard's reply was that he was the only one in the building and was not allowed to leave.
Cops on the streets, not at desks , are what's needed. According to tonight's Evening Echo, guy had his face slashed last night at Patrick's Bridge, right in the city centre. Guards are looking for witnesses who were there between 12.30 and 1.45 am. Does this mean a row went on for that length of time without garda involvement ? Incredible if true.
 

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Gardai on the street and in cars are more relevant than on open building. Cork isn't that big anyway in that everywhere is within 10 mins of "city" centre
Well I prefer the opinion of the AGSI President whom I quoted who represents his officers with knowledge and experience of the policing needs of the city.
 

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Well I prefer the opinion of the AGSI President whom I quoted who represents his officers with knowledge and experience of the policing needs of the city.
But who would also be under pressure from some of his members to retain some handy duties.
 

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Makes far more sense to have the Gardai out in the Streets than sitting in Stations drinking Tea and watching Tv. far better service for cork and all cities. Men on the streets on foot or cars is the right way to go.
 

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My time in the beautiful city of Cork.... I noticed a stark difference between the generations... All the old white haired people were so open and friendly and honest. You might not have agreed with them or even liked someone, but he was guaranteed up front. Then all these yungflas hangin around with sour pusses on them. This is well before the celtic tiger caught its chill. I found out little by little that there was a growing drugs problem out there. The yungflas with the flash cars and the flash wimin were the dealers. Don't ask me what it's like now three years on. I'm not talking about the city centre or the down and out areas... I'm talking about the south city suburbs. With only one garda station open at night two miles away the sparks will be flying
 

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Close em all:)
 

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Cork, like every other city, does not need every garda station open to the public 24 hours a day. It does however require every available garda to be out on the streets, preventing crime, 24 hours a day. This is what these new closing times will achieve.

Do you really need to get your passport form stamped at 4.30am?
 
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