The Dáil will this week debate a Fianna Fáil Private Members Motion calling on the Government to take a new direction in policing policy and look again at the decision to close a further 100 community garda stations this week.

The party’s Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins expressed concern that the force is facing crisis and called on the Justice Minister Alan Shatter to put aside his plan to close garda stations, to cut resources, and to force cuts to garda numbers

 “This motion was scheduled last week ahead of the closure of 100 additional garda stations nationwide,” explained Deputy Collins. “The brutal murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in the line of duty on Friday night will bring added poignancy to this debate and will, I am confident, ensure that the debate takes place in a respectful and considered way.  It will also give representatives on all sides of the House an opportunity to express and vote solidarity with An Garda Síochána in a concrete and meaningful way.

“This week, 100 communities across the country will lose their local garda station. This is while we watch a surge in burglaries and thefts, a spike in violent attacks, and a deeply disturbing escalation in gangland crime and dissident activity.  The Fine Gael Chair of the Oireachtas Justice Committee has himself acknowledged that the closure of community garda stations will not save significant resources, while communities across the country have been clear in their description of the cost of this policy to community safety.  

“Our Private Members’ Motion is an opportunity for TDs from all parties to come together to tell the Justice Minister that he is taking policing and security policy in the wrong direction.”