Garda Station opening hour cuts downplayed

The future of Granard Garda Station was a hot topic for discussion at a recent meeting of the north Longford town's Joint Policing Committee.
Granard Garda Station is not under threat despite ongoing fears of government cutbacks, a meeting was told this week.

Granard Garda Station is not under threat despite ongoing fears of government cutbacks, a meeting was told this week.

Cllr PJ Reilly asked Superintendent Ian Lackey about such a prospect becoming likely at the north Longford town’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC).

In response, Supt Lackey said that while he could not predict what the future may hold, for the time being no changes were planned.

“At the moment, all I can say is no (regarding station downgrading). I don’t know what will happen in the future,” he said.

A key factor in approving station closures and opening hour changes, Supt Lackey added, was based on activity levels.

Based on Granard and Longford town’s turnover levels, the Granard Garda boss played down the likelihood of any consolidation of resources across the county.

“The only place we could be paired with is Longford and Longford is very, very busy. Granard is also at the very tip of the Garda Western Region and is a busy spot.

“Edgeworthstown is a very busy spot too and after Longford it is probably the (county’s) busiest station,” he said.

Supt Lackey also revealed moves have been made to assign a number of plain clothes detectives to the division.

Welcoming that news, Cllr Tommy Stokes asked if Leinster House executives and Garda headquarters monitored crime rates when assessing the feasibility of station opening hours.

“The superintendent in Boyle hasn’t been replaced, but the fact a new superintendent has been appointed (to Granard) is positive,” he replied.