Asst garda commissioner defends garda station closures

An assistant garda commissioner has defended the controversial closing of garda stations.

Asst garda commissioner defends garda station closures

An assistant garda commissioner has defended the controversial closing of garda stations.

Assistant Commissioner Michael O'Sullivan came despite a report saying 30% of victims of crime were disappointed with garda response times.

The report also shows 41% of victims were unhappy with how their cases were handled.

Assistant Commissioner Michael O'Sullivan said there are better ways of tackling crime than by having more garda stations.

"(People) would get a better service if I had people to quickly respond to incidents, as distinct from one man in a station with a car. He can only work eight or 12 hours, whatever he works," he said.

"In the business of catching criminals, it is better to have (people to respond quickly)."

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