Padraig MacLochlainn TD has called for urgent talks between Justice Minister Alan Shatter, Commissioner Martin Calinan and rank and file gardai representatives to resolve issues affecting policing.
Responding to the vote of no confidence in the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter by the Garda Representative Association (GRA), Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson MacLochlainn said it is now clear the the crisis in the gardaí is “growing by the day”.
Deputy MacLochlainn said: “It is clear the dramatic cuts to garda numbers, garda vehicles, the closure of 140 garda stations and now the threat of further cuts to their wages has brought morale in the force to its lowest ever levels. The crisis is growing by the day.
“The decision by the GRA to pass a vote of no confidence in the Minister must be a final wake up call that to continue with the failed policies of the previous Fianna Fáil government and to implement drastic cuts to the policing budget, is no longer sustainable.
“The GRA spoke out against and confronted the previous Fianna Fáil Minister of Justice, Dermot Ahern.
“And it is clear that Minister Alan Shatter learned nothing from that episode.
“I am calling on the Minister to join the Garda Commissioner in urgent talks with both the GRA and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) who represent the overwhelming majority of the 13,400 gardaí across the state, to bring a resolution to this ongoing crisis.”