Fianna Fáil Press Office
John Curran
Dublin Mid-West

11 December 2015

Garda numbers down while crime figures soar – Curran

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Mid-West John Curran is calling on the Minister for Justice to immediately implement the recommendations of the Garda Inspectorate Report which was released yesterday.

Among the recommendations is a proposal for the release of over 1,000 gardaí for front-line policing. “The Inspectorate has made 81 recommendations which need to be implemented as soon as possible,” urged Mr. Curran.

“The Report comes at a time when the latest Garda figures show that over the past five years Garda numbers in Dublin have been reduced by 693 while crime figures have spiralled in the region.

“Muggings, or Theft From a Person as they’re described in the statistics, are up 81.2% between 2011 and 2015 while Sexual Offences are up 23.6% and Burglaries are up 22.1% for the same period.

“It just doesn’t make sense that there are fewer Gardaí on the street while crime figures are increasing. Seven Garda stations have been closed in the Dublin region in recent years, there are 693 fewer members on the force, which is a decline of 16% in Garda numbers.

“Fianna Fáil welcomes the publication of the Garda Inspectorate Report. We are committed to a Garda Siochána that is active, visible and effective in communities nationwide. Having been left more isolated and more vulnerable by Fine Gael and Labour cuts to garda resources, communities need to know that the law is on their side.

“We will work to ensure that the use of the Garda resources is maximised so that people in the Dublin region and throughout the country, can have faith in policing in their communities. Sadly the latest crime figures show that current policing poliicies are not working.

“The Report says that at least 1,500 and possibly up to 2,000 fully trained gardaí could be taken out of offices to police the country. This option needs to explored fully,” urged Mr Curran.