NEW MOBILE GARDA UNITS ARE FARCICAL, SAYS DONEGAL TD

first_imgResponding to the news that five garda vans are to be deployed to replace the service to communities from 143 garda stations closed over the last year, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn described the news as “farcical” and a “sticking plaster rather than a real solution”.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said today: “This is just farcical. 143 garda stations have closed across the state. Policing is being decimated in rural communities. Garda numbers are being reduced dramatically. The numbers of garda vehicles have been reduced and many of the existing vehicles are not up to scratch due to heavy mileage.“And what is the solution? Five vans. “We do not need a sticking plaster solution. We need real leadership and a real solution to a growing crisis.“Garda morale is on the floor. Frontline gardaí will see an 8% cut to their pay under the new Croke Park deal. They have had to work under tougher and tougher conditions without the necessary back up in terms of personnel and vehicles. The Garda Representative Association and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors have continually made the crisis clear to both the Garda Commissioner and Minister Alan Shatter.“I repeat my call on Minister Shatter to engage with the Garda representative organisations and to hear their concerns directly and find a real solution. Sadly, this proposal demonstrates how desperately the Minister requires a reality check.”  NEW MOBILE GARDA UNITS ARE FARCICAL, SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: March 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NEW MOBILE GARDA UNITS ARE FARCICALSAYS DONEGAL TDlast_img