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Gardaí will not properly function with depleted numbers, communities will suffer – O’Brien

14 June, 2011 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice Jonathan O’Brien has condemned today’s news that there are to be no new Gardaí recruited saying that it is the communities who will suffer the effects of this short-sighted proposal.

Deputy O’Brien said that with depleted numbers the Gardaí will be incapable of carrying out their functions properly.

Deputy O’Brien said:

“Not only are we going to suffer due to a lack of Garda numbers in the short term but as senior experienced Gardaí are lost there will be 2 year period were no new recruits are being trained and gaining the necessary experience.

“Sinn Féin has over many years campaigned for crime preventative visible Garda patrols in working class areas, for greater Garda accountability and more community policing initiatives.

“With seriously depleted numbers the Gardaí are going to be incapable of carrying out their functions properly.

“It is the communities that will suffer the effects of this short-sighted cut in Garda numbers.

“We have already heard reports of insufficient Garda resources to deal with the corporate crime infestation that has brought this sate to the brink of bankruptcy and this move will only lead to greater difficulties in this and other policing spheres.

“This doesn’t make any sense unless the Government have collectively fallen on their heads and are hoping for a ‘serious drop in crime happening in the mouth of one of the worst recessions in modern history’. Maybe they are betting on the numbers within the state dropping even further through forced emigration leading to an improvement in the ratio of Gardaí to individuals.

“The reality is this sate can’t afford not to have a sufficiently resourced and constantly renewed police force. The Government has to rescind this decision not to recruit new Gardaí for 2 years. They have to do what they promised during the election, stop snivelling, negotiate and get us off the hook of this unsustainable IMF / EU ‘deal’.”

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