No political pressure over Stepaside, says report author

No political pressure over Stepaside, says report author, as reported on today by  Sarah Bardon

 The author of a Garda report into the reopening of six stations has said it was “obvious” Stepaside would be chosen, based on the criteria designed by the Government.

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.

2 Responses to No political pressure over Stepaside, says report author

  1. timothy October 5, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

    Clearly the re-opening of particular Garda Stns has clearly political dimensions and to try an suggest otherwise is nonsense. They were closed for economic reasons with no resistance from Garda Management it seems. The criteria was made fit for purpose with an end result demanded. A question I ask “how is crime prevention measured” ? New criteria fit for purpose again is now in place for the political reopening of special stns with the obedient compliance of Gda Management. God help us, no wonder the force is in such a mess. Who runs it ?

  2. patrick joseph mc October 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

    Conor Brady in October 8th Sunday Times has very interesting Article; Boots on the street are a bigger deterrent than a symbolic garda station, He makes very interesting points re Scotland and Northern Ireland and compares them to the Garda Siochana. He makes another point about Gardai with good memories can anyone remember a station once closed officially was ever re opened since the foundation of the state

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