Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Robert Troy TD has criticised the Government for failing to fill a senior management position in the Garda Traffic Corps. Deputy Troy pointed out that the Traffic Crops has been left without a dedicated Assistant Commissioner since February 2012.

Deputy Troy said, “Road safety has fallen down the list of priorities under the current Government. The number of Gardai attached to the Traffic Corps has fallen dramatically, key vacancies on the board of the Road Safety Authority remain unfilled and promised legislation to improve road safety has yet to be enacted.

“Worst of all, the Government has failed to appoint a key management position within the Garda Traffic Corps. The unit has been without a dedicated Assistant Commissioner for nearly five years. Serious questions need to be answered as to why Minister Shane Ross failed to convince his Government colleagues to fill this vacancy during the last round of Garda promotions which was signed off on by the cabinet in May.

“The failure to fill this senior position coincides with an alarming rise in road deaths this year. The Gardai Traffic Corps needs additional resources now more than ever, but it seems Minister Ross is more interested in pontificating about issues which fall under the remit of his cabinet colleagues. The Government needs to ensure that the Traffic Corps gets the support it needs in the interests of road safety,” concluded Deputy Troy.