Friday 24 March 2017

Rural elderly afraid to put money in banks, TD claims

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

ELDERLY people in rural Ireland are afraid to put their money into banks, leaving them at a risk of burglary, a TD has claimed.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath said the Government's policies were "aiding and abetting criminality".

He pointed to the lack of basic resources for gardai, from squad cars to equipment, and Justice Minister Alan Shatter's decision to close garda stations.

"His policies, pursued by your Government, are aiding and abetting criminality," he said.

Mr McGrath said people are "afraid to key money in banks", whether covered by the bank guarantee or not.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said crime was a "very serious issue". But he defended the Government's policy on policing, pointing to recent CSO crime figures.

He said there were 13,400 gardai in the force and still 564 stations across the country.

On crime in Donegal and border counties, he said there was constant cooperation with the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

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