More garda resources needed in north Dublin – Mitchell
Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has called for additional Garda resources for the north Dublin area in the wake of a recent increase in anti-social behaviour in Clongriffin and joyriding incidents in the Darndale area.
Deputy Mitchell said:
“The Dublin north area is a growing community and despite the increase in population which includes a large number of young families, the number of gardaí assigned to local stations has continued to drop. This is simply not acceptable.
“My office has been inundated with calls from local residents who are furious at the poor garda response times and the lack of a visible garda presence in their areas.
“The simple fact is that local garda stations have been under-resourced for years and simply do not have the capacity to deal with the increased workload that comes with new housing developments and growing populations.
“Not only have we seen a drop in Garda numbers based in Coolock Station, which has responsibility for the Clongriffin area, from 117 in 2011 to just 103 at the start of this year, but we have also seen the cutting of local Community Gardaí and the Garda Drugs Unit too.
“In 2016 and 2017, nine Garda cars in Coolock were decommissioned but only four new Garda cars were allocated to the area – as well as one new Garda van.
“It is time for the Government to ensure our communities are safe by providing adequate resources to our local garda stations as well as ensuring they have the Garda numbers and adequate vehicles to respond quickly to public concerns.”