Mac Lochlainn calls for further investment in Garda resources amid rising crime figures
Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has expressed his deep concern at the latest crime figures which show a 15% increase in serious crime. According to figures due to be published by the Central Statistics Office, the number of assaults, thefts and burglaries has risen by 15% in the last year.
Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:
“While these figures are alarming, they unfortunately do not come as a surprise. This is the knock-on effect that Sinn Féin warned of while this Government drove forward with its austerity plan and was intent in cutting back on the vital resources that our Gardaí needed to do their job.
“There is a direct correlation between these figures and the closure of rural Garda stations, the lack of investment in Garda resources, and the delay in lifting the recruitment moratorium.
“Communities right across the country are, once again, paying the price of Government cutbacks while criminals become increasingly aware of the resource crisis within An Garda Síochána. Local businesses too, such as Café Donagh in my own constituency that was subject to a cowardly attack over the weekend, are falling victims to these criminal elements who are continuing to terrorise local communities.
“There is a simple solution to be found here. In order for our police force to be fit for the purpose of a modern force, the Government must increase investment in Garda personnel and resource. The operational and oversight changes that have been introduced only go part of the way to achieving an effective policing service. Investment is needed to support these changes if we want our Gardaí to be truly effective in tackling serious crime.”