Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Jim O’Callaghan
Dublin Bay South
21 February 2016
Fianna Fáil committed to fighting crime in Dublin – O’Callaghan
Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Bay South, Cllr Jim O’Callaghan says the party is committed to tackling crime in Dublin and has a detailed and independently costed plan.
Speaking today at the launch of A Dublin for All Cllr O’Callaghan, who is also the party’s legal adviser, said: “To tackle crime Fianna Fáil is committed to having an additional 700 gardaí deployed in the capital. In relation to the seven garda stations in Dublin closed under the current government, Fianna Fáil will seek a Garda Inspectorate report on the station areas to gauge the impact of the closures and make recommendations on whether stations should be re-opened or in the case of the building being sold, a new station established.
“We will also get tough on burglars. Parts of the capital have seen a jump of almost 80% in recorded burglaries over the past two years. We will have mandatory sentences for repeat burglary offenders. We will also establish a dedicated Dublin City Centre Garda Public Order Unit to combat drug dealing and anti-social behaviour on the capital’s main commercial streets.”
When questioned by journalists about attacks on tourists Cllr O’Callaghan said mandatory sentences for such attacks should also be considered given the importance of tourism to the capital city.