Escalation in burglaries across North County Dublin- Cllr Malachy Quinn
Fingal Sinn Féin Councillor Malachy Quinn has expressed serious concern at the dramatic spike in break-ins and burglaries across North County Dublin.
Cllr Quinn said:
“The reduction in Garda manpower hours in the North County Dublin area is of huge concern due to the recent rise in the number of burglaries. My major concern is the reduced service in Lusk and Skerries, the closure of Rush Garda Station and the extra burden on Balbriggan at night time from a policing point of view.
The population has doubled in these areas in recent years and is set to double again in the next ten to fifteen years. Balbriggan station has not got sufficient manpower to service all these areas at present. So change must happen now. The overall strength of the Garda force has fallen well below the "red line figure" of 13,000. The manpower crisis will get even worse early this year with the approach of the Government's final deadline for early retirements from the public service. New squad cars simply is not enough. Re-open our stations and give us sufficient manpower.
I myself am a member of the joint policing Committee on Fingal County Council and will fight to get resources restored for the people of North County Dublin.”