Fianna Fáil election candidate for Dublin South Central Cllr Catherine Ardagh maintains that the armed stand-off in a Crumlin housing estate today (Tuesday 20 October 2015) highlights the need for more community policing.

“Garda numbers in Crumlin are down from 108 in March 2010 to 93 in January 2015,” she pointed out, “while in the meantime the latest crime statistics for Dublin in Q2 2015 show a 15.2% increase in attempted murder, assaults, harassments and related offences and a 14.9% increase in burglary and related offences.”

Cllr Ardagh called on the Government to provide specialist resources to meet policing challenges. “Communities are feeling increasingly isolated and vulnerable,” she said. Cllr Ardagh went on to describe the recent announcement of extra Garda cars as “PR spin that will not paper over the fact that the Government has been taking Garda resources out of areas like Crumlin for the last four years. Garda numbers in Sundrive Road, Rathmines and Terenure are also down from a combined total for the three stations from 257 to 210 between 2010 and 2015.”

The Government appears to be finally waking up to the scale of the problem but more needs to be done to avoid similar situations, she urged.