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Garda retirements and recruitment ban could leave public vulnerable – O’Brien

1 September, 2011 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Jonathan O’Brien, the Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson warned today of serious consequences if a lot of the gardaí elegible for retirement leave the force before next February to protect their pension rights.

Deputy O’Brien was commenting on the leaked internal garda report into the potential results of the retirements:

“The possible retirement of around 1,200 gardaí by next February would lead to a disastrous loss of capacity for the force. This problem is exacerbated by the government’s ban on garda recruitment as part of its deal with the EU/IMF.

“There would be a huge resourcing problem across An Garda Síochána: stations would be understaffed, some would have no permanent sergeant and specialist drugs, organised crime and fraud units would be set to lose experienced gardaí, with no replacements in sight.

“The Minister for Justice needs to offer solutions to this staffing problem; a problem, I can assure him, criminals will have no difficulty in exploiting.”

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