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