Ellis calls on Minister to allocate extra Gardaí to Ireland’s fastest growing urban area
Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis calls on the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner to allocate extra Gardaí to help tackle crime in the Finglas area.
Deputy Ellis said:
“The population in the Dublin North West constituency has increased since the last census but the number of Gardaí has decreased. This defies all logic. This decline of Gardaí in relation to the rise in population is very worrying.
“In 2011 Finglas station had 120 Gardaí while in June 2016 there were 103 serving Gardaí. There has been a number of serious anti-social incidents over the summer and a number of assaults and thefts, which seem to be higher than usual. This could be a direct result of a lower Garda presence in Finglas Station than there was five years ago.
“Not only that, but the community Garda numbers are down as well from 2011 in Finglas by five community Gardaí. In Santry this has dropped by two and Ballymun has seen a fall of seven. Community Gardaí play a pivotal role in helping communities deal with issues and the cut in their number also effects the amount of crime in the community.
“The Dublin North West area is a great place to live and has a great community spirt, but lesser number of Gardaí will not help a community to thrive and it’s Minister Fitzgerald's responsibility to provide basic staffing levels of Gardaí which allow them to do their jobs properly.“