Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed deep concern at the latest crime figures in the wake of two brutal attacks in Louth.
According to the latest CSO recorded crime figures published, the number of assaults, thefts and burglaries has risen over the past year.
Gerry Adams said:
“In light of the recent shocking killing of Martin Mulligan near Dundalk and the brutal stabbing of a pharmacy employee in Drogheda, the latest crime figures are very worrying. CSO figures show an increase of assaults of 10.4%, burglaries rising by 8.4%, and theft rising by 1.8%.
“There has been a continuous cutting back of vital resources that the Gardaí require to do their job. I recently called on the Minister for Justice to increase Garda numbers which have fallen over the last five years.
“Recent parliamentary questions to the Minister show that a town as large as Drogheda has only five community Gardaí. There is a direct correlation between these figures and the closure of rural Garda stations and lack of investment in Garda resources.
“Communities right across the country are paying the price for Government policy. The Government must increase investment in Garda personnel and resources to deal with the erosion of public confidence in the Garda’s ability to tackle serious crime.”
The following is the reply to a PQ submitted by Deputy Adams to the Dáil –
Cllr Edel Corrigan has today called for a more measured response by An Garda Síochána to people peacefully protesting against water metre installations.
Councillor Corrigan said “All citizens have a right to protest in a peaceful manner against the water charges and the installation of water metres. People are feeling the never ending financial pressure put on them by this government who are taking what’s left out of our pockets, and they want to show their opposition to the introduction of water taxes.”
“While Cllr Tomas Sharkey and I attended a protest this morning in Hillview and O’Hanlon Park, many people have told me that there was an excessive number of Gardaí yesterday along with the armed Garda unit in Fr Murray Park while the water meter installation was taking place.”
Councillor Edel Corrigan continued “The Gardaí should have a more measured approach in policing these protests. Many people found it disheartening when in the past they have been left waiting for Gardai responses to issues around anti-social issues due to ‘lack of resources’ yet large number of Gardaí were present during the water meter installation.
“I would ask the Gardaí to respect the people’s right to protest and I question the number of Gardaí dispatched to deal with the peaceful protests taking place.
I would urge any citizens who feel they were denied their right to peacefully protest to contact the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.”
Someone is going to get hurt
Responding to concerns raised by residents to joyriding at Feede and Carlingford Roundabouts, Jim Loughran, Sinn Féin County Councillor for the area says
“I have raised this issue of joyriding in the area of Carlingford and Feede roundabouts on many occasions. The most recent occasion was at a meeting of the Community Alerts from the Cooley/Faughart areas on 11th February 2014.
“This meeting was attended by Superintendent Gerry Curley and I took the opportunity of raising this issue with him. I raised it again at the meeting of the Joint Policing Committee on the 18th February 2014 which was again attended by Supt Curley.
“I was informed by the Supt that the Gardaí were aware of the problem and were taking action and will be monitoring it closely.”
Cllr Loughran concluded “this is a serious issue which I believe needs to stop before there is a serious accident and innocent people are injured. It is a Garda issue. As a public representative, I am concerned that this behaviour will get out of control. I will continue to highlight it and bring it to the attention of the Gardai at every opportunity until it is resolved.”