Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has said that he supports the call by the Garda Sergeants and Inspectors Association for a full review to be carried out by leading garda authorities in relation to a government decision to close certain garda districts across the country.
Deputy Gallagher said the decision to downgrade Glenties Garda Station in November, 2013 was “a backward step for rural and community policing withing the county.”
The deputy stated that this “review must also take into account garda numbers, availability of garda cars and general garda resourcing within Donegal. Now is the time to invest in security and crime prevention in order to support rural communities,” he said.
The former MEP has written to the Garda Commissioner’s Office supporting the call to review this decision and said that the commissioner must also commit to restoring garda numbers within the county with particular emphasis on rural areas in Donegal.