Donegal “left exposed” by lack of gardaí

Donegal has been left exposed by the lack of gardaí on the beat and if proof is need, the recent spate of recent burglaries and thefts in Donegal does just that, a TD has claimed.

Donegal has been left exposed by the lack of gardaí on the beat and if proof is need, the recent spate of recent burglaries and thefts in Donegal does just that, a TD has claimed.

“The government is leaving Donegal exposed as a target for criminals by continuing to implement its policy of cutting resources in border areas.

“There were 473 gardaí in County Donegal in 2010. This fell to 457 in just one year. In addition, the Government has refused to halt its policy of closing and downgrading some Garda stations,” Deputy Charlie McConalogue has stated.

“The burglary of several homes as well as last weekend’s robbery at Dillon Cars following on from the very recent robbery at Bridgend Post Office shows the folly of such an approach by the Government. Recent weeks have also seen the theft of livestock from two sheep farms in the Birdstown area. The report of a patrol car not being available to local gardaí to conduct an investigation into a robbery reflects a new low in the under resourcing of the gardaí in enabling them to carry out their work. I will be raising the issue in the Dáil with the Minister. “It is essential that he and the Government recognise the need for additional resources in the county,” he said.