Ban on Garda overtime highlights under-resourcing of policing operations – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has labelled the emerging news of a ban on Garda overtime in the Dublin Metropolitan Region due to the exhausting of the Budget for this year as "disgraceful".
Speaking tonight, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said;
“What has emerged this evening about a letter regarding the ban on overtime for Gardaí in the Dublin Region is nothing short of disgraceful, and is something which should be addressed immediately.
“The Christmas period is now upon us, and is an extremely busy time for Gardaí nationwide, particularly those posted in larger cities and towns.
“The fact that the Budget has been exhausted before one of the busiest periods of the year points to under-resourcing, and this simply is not sustainable nor acceptable.
“Does this now mean the Gardaí will operate on a skeletal staff for the rest of the year; resulting in larger number of crimes not being responded to?
“This must be addressed as a matter of urgency, and is worrying to say the least.”