Rural crime: Tánaiste points finger at Fianna Fáil government which 'shuttered' garda training college
Tánaiste Joan Burton has pointed the finger at the last Fianna Fail Government in connection with the rise in rural crime.
Speaking at the national ploughing championships today, Ms Burton addressed the issue of how gardai are struggling to keep up with the wave of crime in rural areas.
She said the Government is working to tackle rural crime by training new and young gardai at Templemore Garda Training College, which was “shuttered” by the Fianna Fáil government in 2009.
“These criminal gangs are using stolen high powered cars and they’re able to cover three counties in a couple of hours in terms of opportunistic burglaries,” she told independent.ie.
“What we’ve been doing as a Government is we’ve reopened training in Templemore, so we now have 300 new guards, many of whom have been allocated to rural areas.”
“We are now recruiting for additional numbers of recruits to come into the gardai and I attended a graduation recently in Templemore, and we’ll be starting another course soon so that’s a transformation, because Templemore, from the point of view of new gardai and young gardai, was closed down and shuttered by Fianna Fáil in Government in 2009.”
Fianna Fáil's Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins labelled the comments as 'ill informed' and 'politically illiterate'.
Deputy Collins said: "The Tánaiste just reaches for the same tired old cliches and seeks to blame Fianna Fáil for the direct consequences of her Government's policy decisions.