Date Published : August 27th, 2013 Published By : adminA Garda Station in Limerick is now only open to the public for just one hour a day, according to a local councilor. There is widespread disappointment in Askeaton following the news by Cllr Kevin Sheehan, who has stated he will raise the issue at the next Joint Policing Committee, which he is a member of, and who is also a former member of An Garda Siochana.
Earlier this year, the Askeaton Garda District was merged with Newcastle West and Askeaton lost its status as a district headquarters. As a result of the merger, the station, ceased to be open on a round-the-clock basis. Now, it is open to the public for just one hour each day, either from 1-2pm or 8-9pm on alternative days.
According to Cllr Sheahan however, this is not at all what people were expecting or hoping for. He said. “There was an expectation Askeaton would have far more availability for the public. There was also an expectation that at the very least we would have our own sergeant.”
He blamed Government cutbacks for the situation. “I understand the Limerick division is short four sergeants, “The Minister for Justice will say it is a matter for the Garda Commissioner but I say it is the Minister’s department that is responsible,”