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Only 5 new Garda recruits assigned to Mayo – Rose Conway Walsh

21 January, 2016 - by Rose Conway Walsh

Local Sinn Féin Councillor and General Election Candidate Rose Conway Walsh has today commented on figures received through a Parliamentary Question response to her party colleague Pearse Doherty TD, which reveal that only 5 new Garda recruits have been assigned to county Mayo out of the latest batch of newly qualified Gardaí.

Cllr Conway Walsh said:

“Since this Government came into office the number of Gardaí stationed in Mayo has fallen from 311 to 299 in March 2015 according to figures released by the Office of the Minister of Justice.

“This week a parliamentary question response shows that just 5 new Garda recruits have been allocated to Mayo this year out of the first Garda recruitment since 2009.

“While I certainly welcome our new Gardaí to Mayo and wish them a fulfilling and rewarding career protecting our communities, it must be acknowledged that the failure of this Government to adequately resource our Garda force has had a devastating impact on our communities.

“CSO figures available at the end of 2015 show that there has been an increase in assaults, burglaries, sexual offences, theft and fraud when compared to 2014 figures.

“In particular, older people, who have become increasingly isolated in their homes as a result of cuts to home help supports, the telephone allowance and transport routes have become more vulnerable and do not feel safe in their own homes.

“This week Sinn Féin launched our Citizen’s Charter for Older People, which pledges to reverse some of the cruellest cuts of this Government and provide dignity and supports to older people.

“Our Charter in particular pledges the recruitment of 550 Gardaí per year in order to restore An Garda Síochána to a 14,000 strong force and provide extra safeguards for security and safety for older people who live at home.

 “It is imperative that we have a fully functioning, well resources and adequately staffed community police force in place to ensure the protection of our communities and a Sinn Féin Government will prioritise this.

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