Speaking in the Oireachtas Justice Committee last week, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD questioned the Garda Commissioner on the issue of organised crime and the closure of garda stations across the State.
He called for CAB monies to be put back in to the communities who suffer most from criminality and drug dealing.
The Donegal North East TD said: “Today I relayed the fears of rural communities directly to the Garda Commissioner that the closure of garda stations is having a negative impact on those communities. The commissioner cannot remove gardaí from communities and then expect that this will not result in them losing touch with the people they are there to serve. This has been the experience in other countries. The Garda Representative Association have made it clear that the cutbacks in policing are not working, and the Garda Commissioner didn’t convince anyone otherwise in the Justice Committee today.
“It is quite clear that the gardaí would not make these cutbacks if the budgets available were designed according to need rather than according to the cutbacks agenda of the Fine Gael and Labour government.
The Deputy insisted there is a real need for a multi-agency approach to tackling crime from prevention and support measures at community level led by the gardaí and the HSE.