Sinn Féin won't take lectures from Fine Gael, Labour or Fianna Fáil on criminal justice issues - Adams
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said Sinn Fein will not take any lectures from Fine Gael, Labour or Fianna Fail on criminal justice issues.
Speaking in Ballina, where he was accompanied by Sinn Féin's General Election candidate for Mayo, Cllr Rose Conway Walsh, Gerry Adams said:
"Sinn Féin will not take any lectures from Fine Gael, Labour or Fianna Fáil on criminal justice issues.
"A Fianna-led Government closed the Garda training college at Templemore which had devastating affects on Garda numbers.
"This was compounded by the actions of Fine Gael and Labour in Government who slashed Garda numbers and resources.
“This Government has a disastrous record in justice. Minister for Justice Alan Shatter was forced to resign, a Garda Commissioner was forced to retire and the Gardaí have been undermined.
"The Taoiseach has yet to give a credible explanation of his role in this.
"Sinn Féin has a long and proud record of standing with working class communities in Dublin against drug dealers and criminal gangs.
"Sinn Féin Ministers recently agreed with the Irish and British Governments on an All-Ireland Task Force to tackle organised crime.
"The thugs behind the recent deplorable murders in Dublin need to be apprehended and jailed.
"The Gardaí need the full support of the community and proper resources from the State to carry out their job effectively.
"Sinn Féin is committed to restoring Garda numbers, recruiting an extra 3,000 Gardaí and reversing the policy of Garda station closures.
"Political posturing by Enda Kenny, Joan Burton and Micheál Martin on this issue is cynical and opportunistic electioneering and is not convincing anyone, least of all those communities who have suffered most at the hands of criminal gangsters.”