Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has claimed that two young people, one of whom has disabilities, were held hostage during the bank robbery in Strokestown last month. Deputy Murphy raised the matter with the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan during Questions on Promised Legislation in the Dáil on Tuesday while calling on the Government to provide more Gardaí for rural areas.
“In a Programme for a Partnership Government, it was announced that there would be an extra 1,100 members of the Gardaí. I welcome that this is happening throughout the country and in my own constituency. However, counties like Roscommon are far below where they were. We have lost five Garda stations and we still have a major issue with policing.
“About two weeks ago in Strokestown, a daring robbery took place at the Bank of Ireland. It has now emerged that two young people, one of them with disabilities, were held hostage for quite some time. This is shocking.
“While the efforts of local Gardaí were outstanding, these culprits got away. There is no sign of them and nothing has happened. I ask the Minister to look into exactly what happened and the full facts of the robbery. I ask him also to ensure we get more Gardaí on the beat in all of our counties and towns, in particular Roscommon and Strokestown,” said Deputy Murphy.
Deputy Murphy went to state that only 15 new Garda recruits had been assigned to the Roscommon/Longford division since 2015.