Councillor Reilly calls for more Garda resources in Santry and Ballymun as numbers drop by 10%
In response to a question she asked at the recent Northwest area joint policing meeting Local Sinn Féin Councillor for Santry and Ballymun Noeleen Reilly said,
“It is very worrying that numbers have decreased significantly in the Santry and Ballymun area.
Garda numbers in 2011 were 258 and have now reduced to 232 in the area.
This simply is not good enough. The Gardaí in the area do an excellent job but it is quite clear there are not enough of them to adequately tackle crime that is arising.
We have seen that burglaries in the Santry area have increased by 8% this year. The Gardaí informed me recently that extra plain clothed Gardaí would be deployed in that area to monitor this.
During the summer a strategic decision was made to target anti social behaviour in Poppintree Park. I think all residents that live beside there would say this was very successful and the Gardaí have to be commended for this.
However sometimes we are just moving the problems elsewhere and there is simply not enough Gardaí available to monitor incidents in the entire are
She further added,
“The Minister for Justice has recently announced a recruitment process of 500 additional Gardaí to be employed in 2016 across the state. This is welcome but is only a drop in the ocean to what is needed to tackle crime.
If the Government are seriously interested in People’s safety and crime then they need to be looking at much greater levels of recruitment.”