Updated: 01/04/17 : 06:14:19
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Sligo awaits decision on reopening of Garda stations

CLOSED GARDA stations in Sligo and Leitrim have not been ruled out of the pilot project which reopen six of the closures.

But nor have they been ruled in; Justice  Minister Frances Fitzgerald had no specifics to offer TD Eamon Scanlon when he raised the issue this week.

Greater Mobility

The Minister has requested the Garda Commissioner, Noirin O'Sullivan, while fully ''to identify six stations for reopening on a pilot basis.''

She also told the Dáil The Tanaiste ''expects to receive a report from the Commissioner by the end of May in connection with the exercise,'' the Dail learned.

A total of 139 stations were closed in 2012 and 2013, Minister Fitzgerald confirmed.

She added: ''I have been advised by the Garda authorities that the closures have allowed front line Garda to be managed and deployed with greater mobility, greater flexibility.''

Urged Reopening

The closures, said the Tanaiste, offered ''a more focused fashion, particularly with regard to targeted police operations.''

However it has been widely claimed Stepaside station in south Dublin will be one of the six.

Senior MInister Shane Ross, who holds the Transport portfolio, has urged such a reopening.