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McGrath, Michael

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Garda Deployment

I assume the Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, Deputy Stanton, is taking this matter. As a Deputy from Cork, he will be familiar with the constituency I represent – Cork...More Button

The Garda district headquarters is located in Togher. It is the only 24-hour station in the Garda district. When the other Garda stations in the district are closed - that happens to be most of...More Button

The general public draws confidence from a Garda station being open, ideally on a 24/7 basis. Garda management often tells me that it prefers to use resources for patrolling, rather than having ...More Button

In the area I represent there have been a spate of burglaries. We have had organised gangs roaming through housing estates checking to see if cars are unlocked. If they are, they are stealing w...More Button

Garda management openly tells me that it simply does not have the resources to provide foot patrols. The days of gardaí walking along the streets in my area and perhaps elsewhere throughout the ...More Button

The issue of resources is key. Let us consider Carrigaline as an example. There are five units with two members each. There are three detective gardaí and three sergeants. On any given weeken...More Button

I understand a new policing divisional model is being prepared. Extra resources have been requested for the area by Garda management. The Minister of State is the person responsible. I call on...More Button

Garda Deployment (Continued)

I thank the Minister of State for his reply. Looking at the figures he provided, he said 2,400 new recruits qualified since September 2014, of whom 62 were assigned to the Cork city division. Thi...More Button

The Minister of State said that the allocation of resources is solely a matter for the Garda Commissioner. Recently, the Minister for Justice and Equality visited west Cork and he was surrounded...More Button

There were announcements by his colleagues on the reopening of Ballinspittle and that Kinsale Garda station would be manned 24-7, all coinciding with his visit. The reality is the Minister acts ha...More Button

Gardaí who have been assigned to the Togher district tell me that they are shocked when they compare the very limited resources in that area with resources elsewhere. There is no doubt that the ...More Button

The Minister might say he hears this everywhere but he should check it out. I assure him that he will find that that district is not getting the resources it should be getting. I accept populat...More Button