Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West, Michael Moynihan has said that he is concerned that not enough of the Gardaí who have retired over the past number of years in the three Cork Garda divisions are being replaced.

Deputy Moynihan was commenting after he secured information from the Department of Justice showing that 107 Gardaí have retired from stations in the North Cork, Cork City and Cork West Divisions between 2014 and to date in 2018.

“There is a natural churn of members of the Gardaí leaving the force as a result of retirements. My concern is that they are not being replaced adequately by transfers in or by new Gardaí being deployed from Templemore College following their training.

“We constantly hear that there has been over 1800 new Gardaí deployed from Templemore since 2014, but what isn’t being put into the public domain is the number of Gardaí that are retiring or even resigning from the force.

“Losing over 100 Gardaí to natural retirement between Cork City and County means that the actual number of ‘new Gardaí’ is far fewer than what the Government claims. We know that nationally over 700 Gardaí have retired since 2014.

“There is, in many places across rural Ireland, a scarcity of Gardaí on the beat; this has a direct effect on the public’s confidence in the ability of An Garda Síochána to protect their communities from crime.

“We need to see more Gardaí in out stations, in our communities and on our streets. It’s the only way to deal with the scourge of rural crime and criminality,” concluded Moynihan.