Senior Gardai assure Carndonagh locals on garda cover

The Carndonagh Community and Rural Development Company have said they have now been asured personally that garda cover in the area will not decrease while work is carried out at the local station.

Representative of the company recently met with Garda Superintendent William Johnston and Inspector David Kelly who also outlining the garda position on the provision of a new station in the town.

The meeting was called to allow gardai address concerns that locals had over garda cover in the area while the current station is being refurbished.

There was also fears that as the current facilities were being improved, plans for a new 24 hour garda station in the area could be shelved.

According to the group Superintendent Johnston revealed that the cost he had been quoted was 112k and not the 175k that has been reported.

The super said that this was not his preferred solution, that he had been assured by OPW that the temporary building could be moved in the future and that he will continue to vigorously pursue the new development with Garda Housing and the OPW.

The CRDC says that Inspector Kelly then gave a categorical assurance to the community that there would be no reduction in the level of Garda Service while the local station was closed. Stating that in fact he hoped that there would be an improvement with the recent appointment of an extra Sergeant in the area.