The prospect of as many as 30 Gardaí retiring from the Waterford Division between now and the end of February cannot be entirely discounted.
It’s believed that likely changes to Garda pension provision may force the hands of some officers in this matter and lead to many calling it a day a little earlier than had been previously anticipated.
And in this era of escalating rural break-ins and burglaries, that’s the last news that those living in isolated parts of County Waterford will want to hear about.
While Waterford has not been directly affected by the 31 Garda Station closures announced on Monday, the niggling doubts over several of our smaller stations remain intact.