Rural Criminality can be addressed by reopening Ballinspittle Garda Station

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that today’s confirmation by the acting Garda Commissioner that Ballinspittle Garda Station is on the list of six stations for reopening is great news for the local community who are petrified of increased crime levels.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony was commenting after the Commissioner spoke at a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee.

“This is good news for the local community who have been without a Garda station since Fine Gael made the decision to close it a number of years ago.

“Only this week, in the Dáil, I implored the Minister for Justice to reopen the station when I spoke during Fianna Fáil’s motion on rural crime.

“Communities are fearful for their safety, and having a local Garda station with Garda presence on the streets is one of the best ways of reducing crime and the potential for criminality.

“We have seen a spate of rural burglaries, and without Gardaí on our streets, in our villages, they will continue to prey on vulnerable homes and people.

“I am calling on the Government and the Minister for Justice to quickly move to reopen the Ballinspittle Garda Station to allay the fears and concerns of the local community.

“We cannot have another winter of worry in rural West Cork. It’s time for action from the Government,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.