Mayo must benefit from pledge on Garda recruitment

GardaMayo TD Dara Calleary has said comments by Justice Minister Alan Shatter that Garda recruitment was recommence next year must be delivered upon.  Deputy Calleary said extra gardaí were needed for patrols across the Midlands as the force has been starved of resources.

The Fianna Fáil deputy commented: “Minister Shatter previously committed to lifting the ban on garda recruitment this year but he abandoned that commitment at the first possible opportunity. This latest pledge to reopen the Garda Training College at Templemore next year must become a reality. The gardaí in Mayo and across the country have been starved of resources by this government.  We need more gardaí in the ranks to target the criminal gangs engaged in burglaries and other crimes targeting people in vulnerable communities.

“As a result of Minister Shatter’s u-turn on garda recruitment earlier this year we have lost another valuable year in the garda training process. Over that period more dangerous gaps have emerged in the force at every level and in every part of the country. People I am meeting in Mayo are more fearful of crime and particularly worried about older relatives and people who live alone.

“It takes two years under the current system to train new garda recruits. Even if the Minister keeps this latest promise the new recruits won’t be qualified until 2016 and garda numbers will have dropped even lower by that stage. We need more gardaí on the streets in Mayo and I hope this process will deliver more gardaí for the county.  And to that extent the Minister needs to open recruitment to a sufficient degree so that numbers in the force are brought back up to a safe level.”



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