O’Donovan “delusional" about Fine Gael’s record on preventing crime in Rural Ireland - Cllr Seamus Browne
Sinn Féin General Election candidate Cllr Seamus Browne has criticised Patrick O’Donovan TD for what he described as the Fine Gael representative’s “delusional” defending of the government’s record on preventing crime in rural Limerick.
Cllr Browne said;
“I find it incredible that Deputy O’Donovan would so strongly defend this government’s record on the prevention of crime in rural Limerick. Maybe it is because there is an election on the way but his defence of Fine Gael and Labour Party, in this regard, is delusional.
“The fact is that the government policy, referred to as the ‘rationalisation programme, as wreaked havoc with the closure of seven Garda Stations across county Limerick. All this was done to save the government a stingy €4,000 per year for each station closed. They have left rural communities in Limerick extremely vulnerable to criminality for the sake of €28,000.
“In light of the rate of burglaries, it is absolutely infuriating that Deputy O’Donovan supports, and staunchly defends, a government policy that sees the closure of badly needed rural Garda stations in order to make such small savings for the exchequer.
“We have people in our towns and villages living with daily fear and uncertainty as a result of Fine Gael’s cutting of Garda resources. It is beyond belief that Deputy O’Donovan seems oblivious to the reality on the ground in our communities here in County Limerick.
“The vicious cutting on Garda resources in rural Ireland has jeopardised the safety and well-being of our communities. It is part of a wider government agenda that has seen life in rural Ireland attack and undermined over the last five years.
“I have said before that the people of this county deserve decent public services. This means a full resources police service. It means keeping our Garda stations open.
“Sinn Féin in Government will empower rural communities and start the process of reversing years of neglect of rural Ireland. This would include taking a dramatically different approach to the resourcing of An Garda Síochána. We have also stated that a Sinn Féin led government would ensure that all policy initiatives are rural-proofed before being implemented.”