Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (323)

Bernard Allen

Question:

464 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the operational hours of Glanmire Garda station, County Cork; and if there are plans to extend the operational times of the station in view of the rapidly increasing population in the area. [25178/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that Glanmire Garda station is open to the public between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and between 12 midday and 1 p.m. on Sundays. I am further advised that the extension of the current opening hours to 24 hours would necessitate the employment of Garda personnel on indoor administrative duties and the Garda authorities are of the view that such personnel can be utilised more effectively in providing a visible Garda presence on outdoor policing duties.