Portlaoise will be the only station to open in Laois if garda strike proceeds

Garda management issue advise to the public on the eve of garda dispute

Conor Ganly

Reporter:

Conor Ganly

Portlaoise Garda Station

Portlaoise Garda Station to open if strike goes ahead

Just one Garda Station will open in Laois if the Garda strike goes ahead according to a statement issued by Garda management issued on the eve of the withdrawal of labour.

While there are hopes that talks can prevent the action, Garda HQ have advised the public that from 7am November 4 to 7am November 5 2016 arrangements have been put in place to ensure a policing and security service can be provided that meets the most urgent needs of individuals and communities:

These include the 999 service will be available for emergency calls only and the opening of 78 stations albeit with limited number of gardaí on duty.

Portlaoise will be the only station open in Laois. Tullamore and Birr are the other two stations to open in the Laois Offaly Division. Carlow and Athy version will also be open. The telephone number of Portlaoise is 057-8674100

Garda HQ says calls for service will as usual be prioritised to deal with issues of immediate and serious risk. To ensure that phone lines are kept open for emergency calls, we are asking the public to only ring 999 in an emergency and please do not phone or call to Garda stations unless there is an emergency. If you have an emergency, we will be prioritising our activity to respond to it. 

General administrative functions in Garda stations such as witnessing passport applications will not be facilitated tomorrow.

The gardaí advise that road users should take personal responsibility to use the road safely, act within the law and be respectful to each other. The speed camera network will operate as normal tomorrow.

 Garda HQ also says that it It is anticipated that the airports, ports and the Courts will operate as normal tomorrow.