Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick has said the true effects of cuts to Garda resources across Dublin North Central are most evident in the latest data on crime in the area.

Mary attended this month’s meeting of the Glasnevin-Drumcondra Communities Policing Forum where it was confirmed that there have been 164 burglaries and separately over 150 cars have been robbed since July.

In the four months from July 16th up to this week there have been more than 750 incidents of crime including 76 assaults.

Commenting on this information, Mary said, “The residents and business owners of Dublin 9 have suffered from a decrease in Gardaí and have endured the closure of their local Garda station in Whitehall.

“Locals are the ones paying the real price. The only effective deterrent to crime is a visible and regular Garda presence in our housing estates and on our streets. Advising people to foot the cost of getting CCTV is not a long-term solution and certainly not any aid considering the rate of criminal damage and public order offences.

“Anti-social behaviour is keeping people locked indoors; relying on the safety or their own home but even that is threatened now. We need to see more regular patrols of the area carried out.

“I understand that some 199 new Gardaí left Templemore last week – I am calling for a number of these Gardaí to be stationed in our district to help restore the level of Garda presence that was once in the area but that was cut under this Government,” she concluded.