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Wednesday 26 April 2017

To protect and serve is all part of the paint job

A garda manned the road closure in Cabinteely 'to ensure the painter's safety'
A garda manned the road closure in Cabinteely 'to ensure the painter's safety'

A councillor has defended a Dublin garda station's use of its resources after an officer was seen manning a partial road closure earlier this week.

Gardai were forced to close off part of the road beside Cabinteely Garda Station and provide cover as the side of the barracks was repainted. This took place as part of scheduled work on the station.

The area around the station, which is in the DMR East Garda Division, had one of the worst burglary rates in the country last year.

The work, carried out on Monday, began at approximately 3pm, requiring a garda to man a cordoned-off area of the roadway due to health and safety concerns for the worker.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Cormac Devlin defended the use of garda resources, stating that the safety of the painter was paramount in this instance.

"In fairness, we'd love to see gardai out on patrol and dealing with bigger issues, but the layout of the garda station means there is no footpath beside that wall," Mr Devlin said.

"The painter would have been in jeopardy and, to maintain his safety, the section of the road needed to be closed off temporarily.

"Ideally it could have been at a better time, it was at 3pm or 4pm I think, so in the morning time would have been better.

Safety

"That being said, no matter when it was, a section of the road would have been needed to be closed off to facilitate the work and ensure the painter or painters' safety," the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown county councillor added.

In 2015, a total of 427 burglary and related offences were recorded in Cabinteely, compared to 354 in 2014.

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