In the wake of the budget details being announced in the Dail last Wednesday most people were trying to calculate exactly what it would cost them in their pocket. For the people of New Inn, Dundrum and Grangemockler however they had other matters to consider apart from the financial hit that was inflicted on every citizen through the budget.
From January garda stations in the three villages will close as a result of an announcement made as part of Budget 2013. The communities were devastated by the blow which left all sections of the community fearful of the future without the level of protection they relied on up to now being in place. Taking away a garda station from a rural community is a desperate move which will save very little money. Almost every week this newspaper carries accounts of break-ins in and reports of court cases some of which relate to serious crime in rural communities.
The closures will leave people more vulnerable. The elderly, business owners and the general public will feel a little less safe as a result of the senseless move removing from them a piece of mind and sense of security they always had.
The closures strike at the very heart of these villages and ultimately people will suffer. It is a backward and callous measure that damages the very fabric of the society we live in.