Closure of rural Garda stations saves State €4,000 a year each, says Justice Minister

Closure of rural Garda stations saves State €4,000 a year each, says Justice Minister

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that the State saves just €4,000 a year from the closure of each Garda station.

Minister Fitzgerald says the total annual savings from closing 139 Garda stations amounted to €556,000.

However, she has insisted that the closure of Garda stations was not designed as a cost-saving measure - but rather to free up Gardaí for frontline work elsewhere.

The news comes as the latest figures from the CSO show a slight overall increase in crime - with a 1.2% increase in the overall number offences reported in the last year.

Read: Fewer murders, but more sexual offences recorded in last 12 months

The details came in response to a written Dáil question from Sinn Féin's justice spokesman Padraig MacLochlainn.


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