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Just 5 Gardaí assigned to Sligo/ Leitrim from batch of recruits – Chris MacManus

21 January, 2016

Local Sinn Féin General Election candidate, Chris MacManus, has today commented on figures revealed in response to a Parliamentary Question from his party colleague, Pearse Doherty, which show that only 5 new Garda recruits have been assigned to Sligo/Leitrim out of the latest batch of newly qualified Gardaí.

MacManus said:

“Firstly, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the new Gardaí assigned here – I hope that they will have a long, safe and productive career here protecting our communities.

“While it is very good news that we have been assigned some new Gardaí to the area, it is important that we recognise that the failure of this Government to adequately invest in our Gardaí has had a huge impact on our communities.

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

“The numbers of Garda stationed in Sligo/ Leitrim has fallen from 320 in 2010 to 294 as of March 2015 – a reduction of 26 Gardaí.

“Our older people in particular have become vulnerable – cuts to the telephone allowance, home help and transport have increased isolation for many older people who are afraid in their own homes.

“This week Sinn Féin launched its Citizen’s Charter for Older people, which seeks to reverse some of the harshest cuts inflicted on our older people and to restore dignity and a proper standard of living for these citizens.

“In particular, the Charter seeks to ensure the safety of older people in their homes by committing to the recruitment of 550 Gardaí per year to restore An Garda Síochána to a 14,000 strong force as well as provide extra safeguards for the security and safety of our older people at home.

“A Sinn Féin Government will prioritise the safety of our communities and will invest to ensure that we have a community police force with the resources required to effectively safeguard our citizens.”

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