Donegal "on edge" after garda
stations closed - TD
INISHOWEN T.D., Charlie
McConalogue has said that a "serious depletion" of
garda resources in Donegal during the recession must
be redressed by the new government.
Deputy McConalogue said that Fianna Fáil was pleased
to secure a commitment during its recent
government-forming negotiations with Fine Gael to
increase Garda numbers around the country to 15,000
in the Programme for Government.
Deputy McConalogue said: “Over the past five years
we have seen the serious depletion of Garda
resources and manpower across Donegal, which has led
to an increase in fear in many rural communities.
"Older people and people living in isolated areas
have been disproportionately affected, but every
village has been on edge to some degree."
He added: "Eight Garda
stations closed under Fine Gael and Labour and Garda
numbers have been cut substantially. This reduction
in a visible Garda presence has undoubtedly had an
impact not only on crime rates, but also on people’s
The Carndonagh-based deputy said FF has also pushed
for strategically placed CCTV cameras along the
national road network in tandem with an increased
“This will make a real difference to families, towns
and villages around the county and Fianna Fáil will
continue to pursue measures to tackle crime and
protect our communities”.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue.