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Time for Minister to act on Garda civilianisation

24 October, 2007

Responding to the latest official crime figures which show a 50% increase in murders in the last three months Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said Justice Minister Brian Lenihan must implement Sinn Féin's proposal to free up approximately 4,000 fully trained Gardaí from administrative duties and re-deploy them into the fight against crime.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said today, "4,000 Gardaí fully trained in fighting crime are currently performing administrative and other duties which could be done by civilians. This is despite the latest official crime figures released today showing increases in all the main crime categories.

"Two months ago Sinn Féin launched its submission to the Garda Policing Plan 2008 in which we called for the civilianisation of administrative Garda duties to free up fully trained Gardaí to be re-deployed into the fight against crime.

"At every opportunity since then I have highlighted and raised the need for the Minister to implement this proposal. Today's figures once again underline the urgency of this matter. It is now time for the Minister to act.

"He has asked for time to be given to the Gardaí to act against armed criminals. Well I say give the Gardaí the resources they require to do this. Particularly the resources that are ready and waiting to be used." ENDS

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