No Commitment from Minister to increase Garda presence in Offaly - Carol Nolan TD
Sinn Féin TD for Offaly and North Tipperary, Teachta Carol Nolan, has expressed disappointment at the refusal of the Minister for Justice to give a specific commitment to increase Garda numbers in Offaly to address increased crime.
Teachta Nolan was speaking following a topical issue debate on the issue in the Dáil last night.
Teachta Nolan said:
"I am hugely disappointed with the Minister's response on this serious issue.
"The fact is that Garda numbers were decimated under successive Governments and over a hundred rural garda stations were closed.
"We are now seeing the outworkings of those policy decisions on rural communities.
"Communities in Offaly are living in sheer terror and they need action from this Government.
"Unfortunately the Minister seems to be more interested in scoring petty political points that dealing with these concerns.
"I have called on the Minister to provide increased resources to the gardaí in Offaly so that they might be better equipped to deal with the threats facing our communities.
"Minister Flanagan has not given any commitment to provide these resources and this is simply not good enough.
"It shows clearly that the Minister is not serious about addressing this issue and it is a slap in the face to the communities he has been elected to represent."