Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Catherine Ardagh
Dublin South Central

16 December 2015

Garda figures down while crime rates rise – Ardagh

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin South Central, Cllr Catherine Ardagh has called for the immediate implementation of the recommendations in the Garda Inspectorate Report. Her call comes as figures released by the Minister for Justice and Equality in the Dáil this week show that Garda numbers in Crumlin, Sundrive Road and Ballyfermot are down between 13% and 16.9%.

“In the past five years Garda numbers in this area have fallen by 13% in Crumlin, 14% in Ballyfermot and 16.9% in Sundrive Road. Figures taken in November 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and in October 2015 show a continuous decline. At the same time crime figures in the Crumlin district alone soared with a rise of 55% in burglaries from establishments and an increase of 25% in thefts. On top of that there has been a 19% increase in assaults in the past year

“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 Cllr Ardagh who is a practicising solicitor.

“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.”