Six Garda Stations to reopen following report

Six Garda Stations are to reopen after the Government was today briefed by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan on a final report from the Garda Commissioner on the politically controversial issue.

The report was commissioned after a commitment in the programme for Government to establish a pilot scheme to reopen six of the more than 130 stations closed during the recession - writes 

The stations that will come back into operation are, Stepaside and Rush in Dublin, Leighlinbridge in Carlow, Donard in Wicklow, Bawnboy in Cavan and Ballinspittle in Cork.

The Garda Commissioner has written to the Office of Public Works to progress the reopening.

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan described today's announcement as a Christmas wish come true for the Stepaside area.

A decision earlier this year to announce the reopening of Stepaside, based on an interim report, drew much criticism, with the opposition claiming there was political interference in the Garda decision.

However, Minister for Transport Shane Ross, who has long campaigned on the issue, has always insisted that he had no input into the Garda report.

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