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TD slates Garda station closures 04.02.13

INISHOWEN TD., Charlie McConalogue has accused the Government of being ‘totally out of touch with communities’ after it refused to back down on the closure of Garda stations including Malin.
Deputy McConalogue was speaking after Government TDs voted down a Fianna Fáil motion calling on the Government not to close almost 100 community garda stations this week, including five in Co Donegal and nine in the Sligo-Leitrim garda division.
“People in Donegal, who have seen the terrible impact of burglaries and crime in their communities over the past few months, cannot understand how Fine Gael and Labour can justify these cuts. The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has now admitted that this is not about money.
"He said the savings will be negligible as the only costs are light and heat for these stations. Why then is he removing the physical presence of garda stations from so many rural communities for good?" asked Deputy McConalogue.
He said Gardaí in Donegal are "under severe pressure" at this time as they go beyond the call of duty to keep our communities safe.
“Government representatives here in Donegal and across the North West region need to start listening to the communities they represent. They cannot continue to ignore the public outcry over this issue," he added.
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