Plummeting Garda numbers in north Dublin are unacceptable – Mitchell
Sinn Féin TD Denise Mitchell has called for increased Garda numbers in the Dublin Bay North area as figures she obtained from the Minister for Justice show Garda numbers have dropped by 13% locally since 2011. Meanwhile, the number of Gardaí assigned to the Drugs Unit in the area has dropped by 34% in the same period.
“This just isn’t acceptable. Dublin Bay North is a growing area and the gardaí need the resources and manpower to effectively police our communities. My office has been contacted by a lot of people in recent months who are fed-up with poor response times from local stations. Very clearly the gardaí in these stations are doing their best but they just do not have the numbers to respond as quickly as they’d like to,” she said.
“We have new housing estates and complexes planned in the area, and that will also increase the pressure on these stations. With the exception of a small increase in garda numbers in Raheny, the other three stations at Coolock, Clontarf and Howth have all seen major reductions in Garda numbers – not to mention Howth is no longer a 24 hour station.
“We want all our citizens to feel safe in their communities and to know that if they contact their local Garda station that they will get a quick response. With all the chaos that is going on at the top of An Garda Síochána in recent times, we should remember that the major focus needs to be on adequate staffing, resources and support at local level to allow gardaí to do their job to the highest standards.”