Justice Minister statement on Garda Overtime an admission of failure – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin Dublin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh and party Spokesperson on Community Safety has again called on the Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan to immediately initiate a robust programme of civilianisation of administrative Garda tasks and re-deploy fully trained Gardaí into the fight against crime.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
"The shooting in Cherry Orchard this weekend is further evidence of a government unable to get a grip on the burgeoning crime wave sweeping across the city and indeed throughout the country.
"I have repeatedly called on the Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan to initiate a robust programme of civilianisation of administrative Garda tasks and re-deploy fully trained Gardaí into the fight against crime. The positive effects of such a decision would be immediate and more importantly effective.
"Recently Minister Lenihan stated, as an example of how his department was tackling serious crime, that overtime payments to gardaí have never been so high. I would put it to the Minister that such a statement is in fact an admission that he has failed to put the country's Garda resources to best use.
"Surely a better use of resources and annual budgets would be to redeploy gardaí from administrative and other tasks into communities to tackle head on the daily occurrence of serious drug and gun crime.
"Visibility of gardaí in communities is a key component in the fight against crime. It does not take much to imagine the immediate effect thousands of fully trained gardaí on the streets would make in the fight against crime.
"Sinn Féin is not alone in this demand. Our proposal on civilianisation was mirrored in the latest report from the Garda Inspectorate. This is not rocket science. Significantly increased numbers of fully trained gardaí on the streets working with communities can and will make a difference. All we need is the political will by government to make it happen" CRÍOCH