Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Rathdown Senator Mary White is calling on the Minister for Justice to immediately implement the recommendations of the recently published Garda Inspectorate Report.
“The Report comes at a time when the latest Garda figures show that over the past five years Garda numbers in Dublin have been reduced by 693 while crime figures have spiralled in the region.
“Garda numbers in the Dublin Metropolitan Area East are down 21% from 478 in 2010 to 380 in 2015. This is at a time when there has been a dramatic increase in the level of burglaries with an extra ten burglaries being reported every week. In some parts of the region there has been a 34% increase in such crimes with 2,158 being reported year on year up to June 2015.
“It just doesn’t make sense that there are fewer Gardaí on the street while crime figures are increasing. Seven Garda stations have been closed in the Dublin region in recent years, including Stepaside. There are 693 fewer members on the force, which is a decline of 16% in Garda numbers.
“Fianna Fáil welcomes the publication of the Garda Inspectorate Report. We are committed to a Garda Siochána that is active, visible and effective in communities nationwide. Having been left more isolated and more vulnerable by Fine Gael and Labour cuts to garda resources, communities need to know that the law is on their side.
“We will work to ensure that the use of the Garda resources is maximised so that people in the Dublin region and throughout the country, can have faith in policing in their communities. Sadly the latest crime figures show that current policing poliicies are not working.
“We need a Garda Siochána force that is active, visible and effective in all communities.”
“Communities need to know that the law is on their side,” she added.