Only 7.6% of new members of An Garda Síochána assigned to DMR North – O’Reilly
Speaking in response to a parliamentary question from the Minister for Justice, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal has said that the assignment of only 41 out of 534 attested members of An Garda Síochána is insufficient.
Deputy O’Reilly said:
“The recently released Census figures show that Fingal is the fastest growing county in the country, with an 8.1% growth since the 2011 census. We are seeing population increases which demonstrate the need for concurrent investment in our public services, such as crime prevention and community safety measures.
“Crime is endemic in our city and our county currently. And unfortunately we have not seen the resources and the Garda numbers increase to match the increase in crime. In the Dublin Metropolitan North Region, which takes in the districts of Balbriggan, Ballymun, Coolock and Raheny, we have seen the assignment of only 41 out of 534 newly attested members of An Garda Síochána. This is wholly insufficient.
“Recently, we witnessed one of the most horrific crimes visit the community following a shooting in one of our estates and the residents are fearful for what could happen next.
“We in Sinn Féin in North County Dublin have recently been petitioning for increased Garda resources for the area, as well as the reopening of Rush Garda station. Indeed, we have previously stated that it should be considered as part of the pilot for the reopening of Garda stations.
“As more Garda trainees attest in November, I am calling on the Minister for Justice to ensure that more members of An Garda Síochána are assigned to the DMR North Region. 7.6% is not good enough for an area witnessing the greatest population growth in the State and more needs to be done.”