Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick has said thugs attempting to burgle homes in Glasnevin can only be deterred by a more significant Garda presence.

Mary attended this week’s meeting of the Glasnevin-Drumcondra Communities Policing Forum where it was confirmed that there have been 30 burglaries in Glasnevin since July which including 3 aggravated incidents.

Commenting following the meeting Mary said, “Since July, there has been growing concern in the Glasnevin area regarding public safety and the lack of Garda presence in place to deter thieves, particularly those that are armed.

“Recently this summer it emerged that a number of armed aggravated burglaries had taken place after thugs attempted to rob the homes of some vulnerable people in the area. We know now for fact that some 30 robberies on homes took place in Glasnevin alone.

“To put this into context, during the same period just 5 were reported in Cabra. I do not believe it to be a coincidence that the rate of house robberies in Cabra is far less due to the presence of a local Garda Station.

“This spike in reported burglaries exposes the deficits in Garda resources allocated to the Drumcondra-Glasnevin region. The closure of Whitehall Garda Station in 2015 instantly resulted in less Gardaí on the beat in the area and there were few alternative measures put in place.

“Overtime is essential due to a lack of Garda strength in North Dublin overall. Any consistent cutbacks in Garda overtime means that the already reduced Garda presence will be further diminished. It would go a long for residents to see more Gardaí on foot and on bicycle in Drumcondra, Glasnevin.

“I urge all residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. Ultimately, this rate in burglaries will continue to heighten unless resources are better allocated on ground,” she concluded.