Friday 17 November 2017

1500 new gardai and stations to be reopened under FF plan

Micheál Martin
Micheál Martin
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

FIANNA Fáil has pledged to hire at least 1500 additional gardai and to reopen rural garda stations if returned to power.

The party today accused the Government of being “fundamentally soft” on tackling crime, adding that across the country, people are “living in fear in their own homes”.

In Dublin in particular, the party claimed that communities are suffering from a major lack of resources.

Fianna Fail justice spokesperson Niall Collins said Fine Gael in particular is too focused on generating media coverage about future coalitions than addressing the crime issue.

“The dramatic increase in crime in Dublin coupled with the Government’s policy of slashing Garda numbers has resulted in many people living in fear in their own homes, in businesses under continuous threat of theft and anti-social behaviour on our streets.”

Asked how many more gardaí would be recruited if Fianna Fáil was in power, Mr Collins said that he wants to see the overall number brought back to in excess of 14,000. The current number of gardai on the beat is 12,500, the Limerick TD said.

Mr Collins said that if in government, he would support garda management conducting an impact assessment of the closure of rural garda stations.

In cases where management and the Garda Inspectorate believe a station should be re-opened, Mr Collins said his party would back this move.

The party’s Dublin spokesperson, Senator Darragh O’Brien, added:

“Dublin has almost 700 fewer gardai in 2015 compared to 2010.  Fianna Fáil will reverse this.”

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