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No Garda stations have Clare closed during COVID-19 as Wynne questions resources

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*Lisdoonvarna Garda Station. Photograph: Páraic McMahon

Response times from unmanned Garda stations in Clare have been sought by one of the county’s four TDs while no stations in the county have closed down during COVID-19.

Questioning Chief Superintendent Seán Colleran on the resources to Garda stations in Clare, Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne (SF) stated, “I know you have been providing service with limited resources. I know some Garda stations that can be manned on the phone but that is not always known to people if there are Gardaí on site”.

She appealed for further information on the response times from unmanned Garda stations in Clare. The Kilrush Deputy told the meeting of the Clare Joint Policing Committee that Sinn Féin would be lobbying for further supports regarding Garda resources.

Opening hours for all stations is available on the Garda website, Chief Supt Colleran stated. “Ennis, Kilrush and Shannon are 24 hour stations. The other stations are very much dependent on the resources available”. No Garda station in the county has closed during COVID-19, Colleran confirmed.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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