The Government must follow through on its commitment to increase Garda numbers and invest in resources to ensure that crime is tackled effectively.
That's according to Deputy Charlie McConalogue who says that over the past five years we have seen the serious depletion of Garda resources and manpower across Donegal, which has led to an increase in fear in many rural communities. Older people and people living in isolated areas have been disproportionately affected, but every village has been on edge to some degree.
“Eight Garda stations closed under Fine Gael and Labour and Garda numbers have been cut substantially. This reduction in a visible Garda presence has undoubtedly had an impact not only on crime rates, but also on people’s confidence levels. Communities feel safer when there is an active Garda presence, but this has been eroded through a lack of resources. The fall also impacts on the Gardai’s ability to fight crime.
“As part of the Fianna Fáil Confidence and Supply arrangement, Fine Gael has agreed to increase Garda numbers to 15,000 and support investment in CCTV at key locations along the road network and in urban centres.”