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Crisis must be addressed - TD says gardaí fear they can no longer provide a service

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter

Gardaí fear they can no longer provide a service to the public, a Donegal TD has claimed.

Demanding that Minister for Justice Alan Shatter addresses what MacLochlainn terms “the crisis in policing”, he said the shortage of garda vehicles and the closure of garda stations, are cause for serious concern.

MacLochliann, the Sinn Féin justice spokesperson, said “along with the Garda Representative Association, the ASGI has expressed concern at cuts in garda numbers, shortage of garda vehicles and the closure of garda stations.

“Speak to gardaí in any part of the state and they will tell you they fear they can no longer provide a service to the public. Both representative organisations recognise the seriousness of the situation.

MacLochlainn, who met Asst Garda Commissioner, Kieran Kenny, in Donegal today, called on justice minister Alan Shatter to instigate emergency talks with organisations representing gardaí to address the crisis in policing.

His call came as the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (ASGI) withdrew from talks on the extension of the Croke Park Agreement saying it would not tolerate further cuts in pay.

“I asked to meet the Assistant Commissioner today to discuss policing in Donegal where attacks on old people in their own homes have caused devastation in their lives, worry and stress to their families and in some cases have forced older people to leave the homes they have lived in all their lives.

“I have been reassured that the Garda Siochana has taken steps to combat these attacks in Donegal. A specific operation, LEAH, has been put in place, providing extra personnel and resources to the area. The Asst Commissioner reported that arrests have been made on both sides of the border and some stolen property has been recovered.

“However, this kind of garda operation should be the norm, rather than the exception, all over the state and it should not take a crisis as happened in Donegal for gardaí to be properly resourced.”

 
 
 

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