Shatter insists stations will close despite protests

Stepaside residents protest over the closure of the local Garda station last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Stepaside residents protest over the closure of the local Garda station last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Sun, Feb 3, 2013, 00:00

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has insisted Stepaside garda station in Dublin will close despite a protest earlier today of 1,500 locals against the move.

Residents of Stepaside at the demonstration were urged to “block up” the telephones of the Department of Justice and local Government TDs, including Mr Shatter, in an effort to reverse the decision to close the garda station.

Shane Ross, Independent TD for the area, told the crowd this afternoon the four other TDs were “duty bound to support you in this mission”.

(The map above shows the 95 Garda stations due to close on January 31st 2013 (denoted by red markers); five further Garda stations due to close by the year’s end (yellow markers); and the 39 stations which closed in 2012 (purple markers). Clicking on each individual pin will reveal the station name, closure date and overall number of crimes recorded in each station in 2011.)

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