Our goals

  • A justice system that is fit for purpose and commands public trust
  • A 16,000 strong, reformed Garda force
  • Strengthened anti-social behaviour powers to protect communities
  • Root out gangland crime

Over the next five years we will:

  • Increase Garda numbers to 16,000
  • Increase the Garda Reserve to 2,500
  • Strengthen the National Cyber Crime Unit
    • We will double staffing levels within the Unit and roll out regional cybercrime hubs as part of our expansion of force numbers.
  • Tackle drugs and gangland crime
    • Bring forward laws similar those that were brought in to deal with the Provisional IRA. Under new laws, the belief of Chief Superintendent as to the involvement of an individual in gangland activity will be admissible in evidence.
    • Introduce legislation that will severely punish those who purchase drugs from children and those who use minors as cogs in their distribution network
    • Increase funding to drugs taskforces by €3 million annually over the next two years and then review the situation further.
    • Undertake a major education campaign on the hazards of casual drug use for which we will allocate €3 million.
    • Appoint representation at a senior level from the Department of the Taoiseach the National Oversight Committee (NOC) of the National Drugs Strategy
    • Review the methadone treatment protocol as more than 10,000 people are currently on a methadone treatment programme.
    • Fully implement the National Drugs strategy.
    • Ensure additional Garda resources are targeted at key areas.
  • Establish Community Safety Networks in every part of the country
    • We will establish community safety fora in every area comprising local gardaí, local communities and other relevant stakeholders including the new Town Teams and restored Town Councils.
  • Support victims of domestic abuse across the country
    • We will progress legislation to ensure that victims are provided with legal advice during the investigation stages of sexual offences;
    • We will ensure there is consistent and sustained funding provided to rape crises centres and increased capacity at domestic violence refuges.
    • We will introduce Domestic Homicide Reviews in Irish law to allow a review of the circumstances of a victim’s death when that death was caused by a relation of the deceased.
  • Invest in CCTV, Garda IT and vehicles
  • Implement new Garda powers and antisocial behaviour measures
    • Increase powers to An Garda Síochána to deal with antisocial behaviour including new “Public Space Protection Orders”, “Disperse Orders” and “Community Protection Orders”.
    • Introduce powers to compel parents or guardians to attend parenting courses when the child has been involved in persistent antisocial behaviour. Parents who fail to comply with orders to attend courses will be fined or have their social welfare stopped.
  • Strengthen powers to evict tenants for extreme antisocial behaviour & set basic standards for the upkeep of properties
    • We will amend legislation to allow third party complaints against anti-social behaviour by tenants
    • We will empower the RTB to evict tenants without notice in extreme cases of anti-social behaviour
    • We will introduce laws setting basic standards of property maintenance
  • Crack down on knife crime
    • We will introduce a mandatory minimum 12-month sentence for the carrying of a knife in public.
  • Set up a Transport Police section for Dublin
    • We will introduce a specific public transport police within An Garda Siochána to protect public transport users. This new section would be tasked with a mandate to ensure a comfortable, safe and punctual experience for all public transport users.
  • Empower Gardaí to seize and destroy scramblers & quad bikes engaged in anti-social behaviour
    • We will implement legislation to allow Gardaí to compulsorily seize scrambler bikes and quads on suspicion of antisocial behaviour. These bikes will then be destroyed if they are not backed up by appropriate ownership verification.
  • Ensure Victims are at the centre of the justice system
    • We will implement the Parole Act in full keeping serious criminals behind bars for longer and ensuring that serial offenders do not get early parole.
    • We will implement legislation to prevent perpetrators of manslaughter and murder from benefiting from the estate of their victim.
    • We will seek to strengthen our bail laws.
    • We will increase penalties for crimes committed against the elderly and emergency workers.
    • We will introduce a mechanism whereby the cost of criminal legal aid can be recouped from a person charged and convicted of an offence if that person’s financial means substantially changes.
    • We will establish an Ombudsman for victims of crime.
  • Address Rural Crime
    • We will establish a Rural Crime Bureau as a new special Crimes Unit.
    • We will restore a strong Garda presence as part of our expansion of Garda numbers.
    • We will cut through red tape to ensure that communities can draw down funds to establish community CCTV.
    • We will install CCTV at strategic positions on motorway entry and exit points to catch criminals using the motorway network to get away