Gardaí numbers for Limerick City not meeting recommended targets – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin Limerick City TD Maurice Quinlivan today said that the number of Gardaí in Limerick City has actually dropped since a government commissioned report found that at least 100 additional Gardaí were needed specifically for regeneration areas in the city.
Speaking today, Deputy Quinlivan said:
“Information I received today in response to my Parliamentary Question shows that the number of Gardaí stationed in Limerick City are not meeting the recommendations of the Fitzgerald Report, commissioned to address the issues of social exclusion, crime, and disorder in Limerick City.
“In April 2007, the Fitzgerald Report was published in the aftermath of an attack in Moyross which left two children with serious burn injuries after the car they were sitting in was set on fire by youths. This was a horrific attack that shocked Limerick and the entire country.
“The first recommendation in this report was to ‘put in place intensive policing arrangements’ which ‘will involve a minimum of 100 additional Gardaí, with appropriate management structures, whose sole function will be the policing of these areas’.
“Unfortunately, ten years on there are now less Gardaí policing Limerick than there was when the report was published.
“In 2007, there were 330 Gardaí in the Henry Street District, today there is only 307. Similarly, the Roxboro Road Garda District has dropped from 134 to 128.
“Despite the recommendation to have ‘a minimum of 100 additional Gardaí’ for these regeneration areas, there has instead been a decrease of 29 in force numbers across Limerick.
“This is of serious concern, as although there has been great progress in addressing crime and social exclusion issues in Limerick over the past decade however the job is not done, and serious problems remain.
“The response from the Minister further outlines that since the reopening of the Garda College in 2014, almost 1,400 additional Gardaí have attested as members of the force, but only 39 of these have been assigned to the Limerick Division. This is simply not enough.
“Garda numbers on the street are clearly not strong enough, response times can be dreadfully long. We need stronger Garda numbers to combat anti-social behaviour and allow residents to live peacefully in their communities, walk the streets and bring up their families, without fear or intimidation.”