Wicklow Fianna Fáil TD Pat Casey, has said the decision to place the new Wicklow/Wexford Division Garda Headquarters in South Wexford makes no sense and once again proves that Wicklow loses out on Government decisions affecting the county.
“Wicklow and Wexford are very large geographic areas to provide policing cover and the obvious logical choice would have been to consider Wicklow Town or Arklow as the location due to population divisions. Once again Wicklow has been ignored and instead Wexford Town which is in the South of the County is being chosen as the new Divisional HQ.”
“Even though we are promised additional Garda on the ground as a result of this I would like to remind people that this is what was promised when Garda stations were closed in Donard and Stepaside. The major population concentration of the division is in North Wicklow and therefore having the Divisional HQ at the Southern end of Wexford seems very odd.”
“Unfortunately this is not the first time Wicklow has been let down by Fine Gael in Government. When the Education and Training Boards were merged the Headquarters were assigned to Kildare with the establishment of the KWETB.”
“Rural Garda stations in Wicklow, closed by the last Fine Gael and Labour government, but deemed integral to reducing rural crime must be reopened, and we need to see more Gardaí working in the heart of communities across all Wicklow.”