Deputy MacLochlainn calls on Government to listen to concerns of rural Ireland

Sinn Fein's spokesperson on Justice has called for the government to listen to the concerns of rural Ireland and commit to not closing any more rural garda stations.

Speaking in the Dail, Donegal Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn quoted a recent IFA crime survey and the comments of a former assistant Garda commissioner to make his argument against the closures.

A further 95 rural garda stations across the country may be shut.

Deputy MacLochlainn says the government needs to listen to the people:

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Responding on behalf of the Justice Minister for junior Minister Kathleen Lynch.

She says the Garda Commissioner must get the best value for the resources he has available to him:

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