Thursday, July 06, 2006

Confronting McDowell

I organised a protest outside Store Street Garda station on Wednesday the 5th of July on the occasion of Minister for Justice Michael McDowell's visit to the station. He was there to launch his new 'Joint Policing Committee' proposals, however the uncertainty of the future of two Inner CIty Garda Stations was the reason for the protest.

The minster has failed to satisfy the fears of local representatives and residents on the future of Fitzgibbon Street and Mountjoy Garda stations. On confronting the Minister he confimed that Mountjoy station is to be lost. It seems incredibly hypocritical to me for the Minister to use an Inner City station to launch a policing intiative dwhile planning to undermine inner-city policing by closing one of the stations.