Fianna Fáil Press Office
Mary Fitzpatrick
Dublin Central

11 December 2015

Communities need to know law is on their side – Fitzpatrick

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick has welcomed the proposal in the Garda Inspectorate Report for 500 Gardaí in HQ in the Phoenix Park to be released immediately to community work in Dublin.  “Dublin Central has lost 150 Gardaí in recent years. In Cabra alone, which is home to 6,000 people, there is only one Community Garda. This revelation is extremely worrying and comes at a time when crime figures are going through the roof.

“Communities need to know that the law is on their side,” she added. “Recent statistics for the centre of Dublin show an alarming increase in crimes such as theft from people and from shops. Thefts from the person were up 48.3% while theft from shops was up 33.6%.

“There was also a shocking increase of 66.3% in drug offences and a staggering 4,282.6% rise in Public Order offences.

“The Garda Inspectorate Report has quite rightly criticised the lack of community Gardaí and found that there are too many Gardaí sitting behind desks instead of being on the beat. Ireland has a front-line policing rate of 83% while it is 93% in other countries,” pointed out Ms Fitzpatrick.

“People need to have faith in policing in their communities. The Report is a very valuable contribution to the future of policing. Fianna Fáil is committed to a Garda Siochána force that is active, visible and effective in all communities.”