Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly Barry Cowen TD has given a cautious welcome to the establishment of a new Task Force on Crime in Offaly aimed at disrupting the activities of criminals and preventing the occurrence of crime.
Deputy Cowen added that the establishment of the Task Force is long overdue given the increased prevalence of rural crime and the recent upsurge in break-ins and violent burglaries over the last few months.
Deputy Cowen said, “I’ve long argued that Gardaí in Offaly need additional resources to help tackle rampant crime in rural areas. The establishment of this new initiative is a positive development and the Government must ensure that it remains in place so that it can have a meaningful impact on the ground.
“I will be monitoring the implementation of this Task Force to ensure Gardaí are given all the support they need to tackle rural crime. It’s important that local communities are kept informed about the progress of the Task Force and I will be working to ensure regular progress briefings take place to make this a reality.
“Fianna Fáil secured a commitment to increase Garda numbers to 15,000 as part of the Confidence and Supply Arrangement. It’s positive to see that these additional resources and manpower is allowing for targeted initiatives to be put in place aimed at disrupting criminals. I will work to ensure that the commitment we have secured is fully delivered on,” concluded Deputy Cowen.