Five new Gardaí Stationed to County Tipperary from new Batch of Recruits- Cllr Carol Nolan
Local Councillor and Sinn Féin General Election candidate for the Offaly/ North Tipperary Constituency, Carol Nolan has today commented on figures released from the Department of Justice in response to a Parliamentary Question from party colleague Deputy Pearse Doherty which reveal that there have been 5 new Gardaí assigned to the Tipperary Division out of a batch of 295 Gardaí in 2015.
Cllr Nolan said:
“I warmly welcome and congratulate the new Gardaí on the completion of their training and their new assignment In Tipperary and I hope that they will enjoy their time here.
“While I am delighted to hear of the assignment of 5 very much needed Gardaí the county, it must be pointed out that the failure of the current Government to adequately invest in An Garda Síochána has had a huge impact on our communities.
“Since 2010 the numbers of Gardaí stationed here in Tipperary have fallen from 383 to 254 as of March 2015 – that is a loss of 29 Gardaí.
“Four Garda stations have been closed in the county for the paltry annual saving if just €4,000 per annum per station.
“CSO Figures from December 2015 show that there has been an increase in assaults, burglaries, sexual offences, theft and fraud when compared with 2014 figures.
“Having been out on the canvas trail, I am very much aware of the fact that many of our older people in particular feel isolated and fearful in their homes.
“Sinn Féin has proposed a number of measures to help address rural crime.
“A Sinn Féin led government would recruit an additional 3,000 Gardaí over a term to restore An Garda Siochána to 14,250 or pre-recession levels.
“We would also strengthen community initiatives such as community text alert schemes and community watch and reverse the closure of Garda stations where feasible to do so.
“A Sinn Féin led Government will enhance the safety of our communities and provide the investment needed to bring this about.”ENDS