Former Fianna Fail councillor Andy Moloney has hit out at the Minister of State’s decision to close a rural garda barracks in New Inn.
Mr Moloney said that apart from the closure of the premises which most people are up in arms about, he feels that the bigger issue is the communication and relationship between the people and the force is now broken. Gardai will now have to travel from outside the community to an area where they don’t know who is who or where the towns lands are. The link between the local community and the local Garda is gone.
Mr Moloney said that with the constant changing of the members of the force in the central station has severed an age old bond and that resources should be put in place for the garda to visit the local post office or shop on a weekly basis to maintain relationships.
Once again rural Ireland has been left vulnerable by this decision and Mr Moloney has called on links to be kept open. In the case of New Inn it is more serious because the garda stationed in the village has also retired and will not be replaced, the former councillor added.