Local Fianna Fáil TD, John Curran has described the further decrease in number of Gardaí stationed in Clondalkin, Rathcoole, Rowlagh and Lucan Garda stations, as deeply worrying.

Deputy Curran made the comments after receiving new information through Parliamentary Question which shows that the number of Gardaí stationed in the Dublin Metropolitan West Division has decreased by 16 over the course of the past 12 months.

“The DMW Garda division has suffered significant cutbacks in recent years. It is deeply worrying that there has been a substantial drop in the number of Gardaí for front-line policing in the DMR West Division particularly as crime and anti-social behaviour has continued to become a major issue in our community,” explained Deputy Curran.

“Dublin Mid-West has a sizeable population and Gardaí have to cover a large area which includes numerous urban centres including housing and industrial estates, schools and parks.

“Local Gardaí are assigned to a diverse range of responsibilities that are demanding but the role has become increasingly stressful as Fine Gael have continued to deplete Garda resources.

The figures speak for themselves and show that Dublin Mid-West simply is not getting its fair share of resources, particularly when it comes to the assignment of newly attested Gardaí.

“Vulnerable residents are feeling threatened and isolated and it does not make sense that there are fewer Gardaí on the street while crime figures are increasing.

“Fianna Fáil remains fully supportive of our Gardaí and strengthening a force that is active, visible and effective in our communities. We will work to ensure that the use of Garda resources is maximised to support our community,” concluded Deputy Curran.