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Stepaside Garda Station reopens eight years after being closed due to recession cutbacks


Stepaside Garda Station has today reopened after eight years of lying empty due to recession cutbacks.

he historic building in the expanding south Dublin village has been substantially modernised and revamped inside to make way for 25 Gardai who will now police the area.

Sergeant Shane Curtis and garda Marvin Ireland were on patrol early this morning, introducing themselves to locals and business owners, while garda Helen Gillen held the fort.

“It’s a great day for the community of Stepaside. It will be a busy station acting not only as a community hub but a base for road policing also,” Sgt Curtis told Independent.ie

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“It’s a good news story, and will see us policing everywhere from Sandyford Industrial Estate to Johnny Fox’s pub and out as far as Kiltiernan,” he added.

“Three quarters of it is country at the moment but there will probably be a lot of future development. The area has grown a lot over the years and the population is going up, so reopening the station is a bit of future-proofing for the area too,” Sgt Curtis explained.

Garda Helen Gillen remembers the station before it was closed, and said the work done on it to bring it up to a modern standard was excellent.

“They have taken an old station and transformed it. The internal layout is similar to what it was but the use of the rooms is different,” she said.

“The old kitchen is now the toilets, and the whole building was insulated. It’s cleaner, brighter and fresher than it used to be,” she added.

The first visitor this morning when the station opened was acting minister Shane Ross who campaigned vigorously for the station to be brought back into operation after its doors were closed.

“I was at the station at 7am this morning to welcome the Gardai. I have always stressed the need for community Gardai here and I praise the community for keeping the faith that the station would reopen,” he said.

Stepaside Garda Station was one of 139 stations around the country closed due to cutbacks between 2012 and 2013.

It is now open to the public between 7am and 9pm.

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