SMITH CONDEMNS GOVERNMENT FOR FAILING TO ALLOCATE MORE GARDAÍ TO CAVAN/MONAGHAN

16 August 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has criticised the Government for failing to allocate any new Gardai to the Cavan-Monaghan division.

Deputy Smith commented this week: “The latest figures released to me reveal that there were 317 Gardai in the Cavan-Monaghan division at the end of May this year, down from 407 in May 2010. The loss of 90 officers to police our communities has seen the force seriously diminished across the two counties and the Government has failed to allocate any new recruits to the division this year.

“It is extremely important that Garda recruitment and the training of new officers is continuing but I think the Government needs to ramp up its efforts in this regard. The strength of the Garda force nationally is now around 12,500 and there are a further 1,498 officers eligible to retire this year. This would leave the force at a seriously diminished level.

“I think many people in Cavan and Monaghan will be at a total loss to understand why it took this Government until late last year to recognise the need for more recruitment and to finally take action.

“Under Fine Gael …

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