Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson, Jim O’Callaghan, has responded to claims made by Minister of State Michael D’Arcy that senior Gardaí ‘let down’ the Directors of Quinn Industrial Holdings.

Deputy O’Callaghan said, “It is bizarre to say the least that Minster D’Arcy should try to pass the buck onto the Gardaí on the ground in Cavan for the ongoing campaign of intimidation and violence against QIH.

“His comments are totally unhelpful and only serve to make a bad situation worse. They also show a complete disregard to the fact that it is the Government’s responsibility, and in particular the remit of the Minister for Justice, to ensure that all Garda divisions are adequately staffed and resourced with cars, equipment and technology, to prevent such intimidatory campaigns from taking hold.

“The border region has always had unique policing needs, but this Government have failed to recognise that. That’s why Fianna Fáil have proposed the creation of a new cross-border agency to combat a whole host of organised crime including intimidation, human trafficking and fuel smuggling.

“A renewed focus on the border region is needed to send a message to organised criminals that it is no longer a ‘no mans land’. The Government can’t lay blame at the feet of Gardaí in the area if they won’t provide the necessary resources and staff for them to do their job”, he concluded.