Saturday 24 March 2018

Time to crack down on crime says FF TD

Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O'Brien says the Government is failing to crack down on crime in Fingal, and needs to come up with new measures to protect communities in the North County.

The Fianna Fáil party brought forward a motion in the Dáil this month calling for additional Garda numbers across Dublin city and county. Fianna Fáil used its Private Members time in the Dáil to highlight the decrease in Garda resources in the Capital.

Deputy O'Brien explained, 'It's no coincidence that there has been a spike in crime in parts of Fingal which have seen their local Garda station either closed, operating on a part-time basis or without a Garda presence altogether.

There has been a steady decline in the number of Gardaí stationed in Fingal and across Dublin which must be reversed. Donabate and Portane; a population of over 11,000 remains without any Garda presence.'

Speaking prior to a public meeting he hosted on the subject of crime in Fingal which was held in Malahide, last week, Deputy O'Brien said: 'We are calling for additional resources for Gardaí and are also seeking additional measures to crackdown on repeat offenders. We want to see electronic monitoring a condition of bail for anyone convicted of a serious offence in the previous 10 years.

'These measures, coupled with additional CCTV, will help prevent criminals from targeting vulnerable people.'

Fingal Independent