Thursday 8 December 2016

Comment: The gardaí are meant to be our protectors - are they seriously going to abandon us to anarchy?

Published 03/10/2016 | 02:30

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said earlier this year that the shutting down of 139 Garda stations around the country resulted in an estimated total saving to the State of €556,000 per annum. Photo: Tom Burke
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said earlier this year that the shutting down of 139 Garda stations around the country resulted in an estimated total saving to the State of €556,000 per annum. Photo: Tom Burke

The most basic function of any State is to keep its citizens secure. It is also charged with providing an efficient health service, a good education system and social supports for the poor, unemployed and those in need.

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But that we feel safe in our beds at night and while walking our streets is fundamental in a civilised world.

Ireland is facing into a winter of industrial discontent.

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