Government fail to tackle crime – O Snodaigh
Speaking in Dublin today after the release of the CSO crime figures Sinn Fein TD Aengus O Snodaigh criticised the abject failure of this government to seriously tackle crime across the State.
Deputy O Snodaigh said:
“The high level of crime in Ireland as confirmed by today’s figures from the CSO constitutes confirmation, if such was needed, of the complete failure of Government policy in this area.
“The CSO figures for the second quarter of 2010 reveal a sharp increase in robberies, hijacking and extortion offences. This demonstrates a rise in organised crime and criminal offences against people and property.
“Minister Ahern’s excessive legislative focus has clearly failed to deal with the crime level in the country. He needs to instead focus on tackling the resource restrictions which are serving to prevent Gardaí from fulfilling their role of protecting people from crime.
“Government measures such as the pension levy, the recruitment embargo, the reversal of the civilianisation programme have all contributed to reducing the number of Gardaí on the street preventing crime and protecting people. Not alone are the Government failing to tackle the crisis they are contributing to it.” ENDS