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Monday 18 December 2017

Stepaside: 'Reopen garda station to tackle burglaries'

Shane Ross TD pictured with Stepaside Residents who have been burgaled (from left); Laura Byrne, Brendan Mitchell and Mary Doyle, at the former Stepaside Garda Station
Shane Ross TD pictured with Stepaside Residents who have been burgaled (from left); Laura Byrne, Brendan Mitchell and Mary Doyle, at the former Stepaside Garda Station

Fresh calls have been made to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to reopen Stepaside garda station after a massive increase in burglaries in the area.

Since the station closed in March 2013, burglaries have increased dramatically and residents want a working station returned.

"It's almost one in four houses in my estate that have been burgled since the station closed," said Brendan Mitchell, whose own home was broken into last Friday.

"I've lived in that estate for the last 25 years and before the station closed I could count on one hand the amount of burglaries in the area and now it's reversed".

Independent TD for Dublin South Shane Ross has asked Ms Fitzgerald if she will "reconsider the reopening of Stepaside Garda Station in light of the sense of insecurity felt by residents of the neighbourhood since the station closed".

However, it is not only homes being targeted by criminals but also businesses. Mr Ross told the Herald that a hairdressing salon and a betting office in the village also experienced break-ins in recent weeks.

Ms Fitzgerald is scheduled to address the matter in the Dail tomorrow morning.

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