Brady echoes concerns of Wicklow Chief Superintendent regarding Garda numbers
Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady has said that comments made by the Wicklow Divisional Chief Superintendent John Quirke show a stark reality for the County.
Speaking after a Joint Policing Committee meeting this morning, Teachta Brady said:
“Having specifically asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice & Equality to provide additional Gardaí and Garda resources to Wicklow ahead of the most recent allocation, it is terribly disappointing that this did not happen.
“In 2016, Wicklow received no additional Garda resources whatsoever and this is, in the words of the Wicklow Divisional Chief Superintendent John Quirke, ‘concerning’.
“The next allocation is expected next month however, it does not appear that any Gardaí will be stationed in Wicklow then either.
“The fact that the Chief Superintendent, who is at the cold face on the ground, finds the complete lack of additional resources concerning highlights the seriousness of the situation and the real need for Garda resources.
“Wicklow is not immune from crime and anti-social behaviour. We have towns such as Arklow and Wicklow town with no community Gardaí in place whatsoever. This cannot continue.
“I intend on questioning the Minister asking that additional Garda resources be made available for County Wicklow. I will also be contacting the Garda Commissioner directly on this matter.
“Wicklow must not go ignored in the next round of Garda allocations. We need Garda resources and the Minister needs to recognise the Chief Superintendent's concerns and act accordingly.”