Responding to Budget 2014 Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Defence, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn called on Minister Alan Shatter to “cut out the spin” and outline the specific details of the cuts within his Departments of Justice, Equality and Defence.
“We are totally in the dark as to where the €70 million worth of cuts in Minister Shatter's Department's will be made except that we are to anticipate staffing reductions across the whole sector.
“This is nothing but spin. Here we have the minister applauding himself for being able to maintain Garda strength at 13,000 whilst telling us that in order to do this he will be reducing staff numbers across the sector.”
“We welcome the reopening of Garda recruitment and additional staffing to the Garda Vetting Unit however we must be given specific details as to what exactly the minister is cutting to fund these measures.”