The Carlow Kilkenny policing district will keep all 29 of its Garda stations open and fully operational despite a reduction in the Garda budget of €79 million.
The cut in funding has resulted in the closure of 31 Garda stations around the country, but none of the stations in Kilkenny will be effected. In the run up to the budget there had been fears that some of the smaller regional Garda stations might be closed.
After a review of by divisional officers to assess the levels of activity in each Garda station it was decided that all of stations in the Carlow Kilkenny policing district should remain open.
The Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan, reiterated An Garda Síochána’s commitment to providing a professional and effective policing service within the prevailing economic conditions:
“An Garda Síochána is not immune from the harsh economic realities which are impacting on the community and the public sector. Like everyone else we must continue to find efficiencies and still provide a professional service. Our commitment is to maintain operational,” he said.