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Dublin City Council Policing Committee calls on Minister not to cut Garda numbers

21 April, 2011

Dublin City Council will be writing to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence opposing plans to reduce Garda numbers by 1,500. It follows a meeting of the Council’s Joint Policing Committee where members backed a Sinn Féin motion condemning the proposed cuts.

Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh, who successfully proposed the motion, said: “We absolutely agree with the head of the Garda Representative Association that this cut will recklessly endanger people’s lives.

“We should scrap the Garda reserve entirely and use the money to employ trained, full-time Gardaí. Instead of cutting Garda numbers we need to be increasing the number of Gardaí on the street by ending current recruitment, promotion and overtime embargoes.

“Many of those in power have no understanding of the real hardship faced by working class communities living with criminal behaviour, anti-social behaviour and drugs problems on a daily basis. They feel abandoned, left to face thugs and gangsters on their own.

“Tackling crime and making communities safe is a priority for Sinn Féin. It’s time it was a priority for Minister Shatter.” ENDS

Contact Cllr Ní Dhálaigh on 087 995 8949

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