Fine Gael Local Area Representative (LAR) for Donabate, Portrane and Swords, Bob Dowling, has written to the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan TD outlining his views on why a Garda station should be established in Donabate.
Dowling wrote the letter in response to a recent canvass of the area and in response to the sharp increase in crime levels.
He said: “Everybody in Donabate and Portrane knows of a friend or family member in the area who has been subjected to horrible crimes. This simply cannot continue and I believe the only way to prevent this is to increase the Gardaí in the area and to also provide a permanent Garda station in Donabate”.
He spoke of the various concerns he has received from local residents, stating: “I have received a huge number of emails and phone calls on this issue. Also, on a canvass in Donabate with Senator James Reilly in November, several people outlined how important this issue was to them. I have mentioned in the letter the sharp increase in crime levels recently and also the huge projected population increase in the area, which is expected to rise to 21,000 by the year 2021.”
The LAR already believes there is an ideal site for this proposed Garda station, a site that has been unused for nearly seven years. “The old Educate Together site opposite Donabate Community College has been essentially lying idle for the best part of a decade, and there appears to be no planned action to change that. With perfect access routes to all parts of the area, especially great vehicular access to the village itself, this is an ideal spot for the development of such a Garda station.”
Ultimately, Dowling said he was hopeful of a resolution to this issue and to finally provide some much needed reassurances to local people. “I have outlined in the letter short term and long term solutions to these problems, and I have informed the Minister that I am available at any time to discuss these concerns.
I believe we can agree upon a solution that is satisfactory to the local people,” he concluded.