Calls for more Garda resources as farm contractor attacked with wheel brace
Calls have been made for more resources to be given to the Gardai, by Sinn Fein Deputy Peadar Toibin.
He has highlighted a recent cast of a farming contractor in Meath which he says has had €12,000 worth of tractor parts stolen from his yard in the past year.
Toibin said the contractor recently came across the thieves raiding his property. When disturbed, Tobin said they came at the contractor with a ‘wheel brace’.
“There is a serious problem developing in towns around the country. Significant areas within and out of towns are being ceded to thugs, to crime and to drug dealers,” Toibin said.
“We know that Gardaí are fiercely frustrated about their working environment.
“Morale is at an all-time low due to the scandals with regard to the Garda management failings and the abdication of responsibility and oversight by the Government.
“The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has said that we are now witnessing the human impact of seven years of austerity. The Garda Inspectorate report uncovered serious, systemic weaknesses in An Garda Síochána.
“I have come to the view that at this stage there is nearly a tolerable level of crime, thuggery, drug dealing and alcohol abuse in our public spaces.