No political pressure over Stepaside, says report author, as reported on today by Sarah Bardon
Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll told the Oireachtas Committee on Justice he was never approached or pressurised by any politician or individual to ensure any particular Garda station was included in the list.
Asked why it was “obvious” Stepaside would be included, he said there were only four stations in Dublin available, based on Government criteria.
“When the criteria was provided, it had to be among available stations, or available buildings, as they were then. To what extent there was knowledge by other people of how confined that was, I cannot say.”
The programme for government commits to the reopening of six stations at the discretion of the Garda.