Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has hit out at Fine Gael for “standing over a sustained campaign of reducing Garda numbers in the county.”
Since Garda recruitment resumed at Templemore in 2014, the Roscommon/Longford division have received 5 new officers; however all of them have been assigned to stations in Longford, with none allocated to Roscommon.
Deputy Murphy commented: “This is indicative of Fine Gael’s attitude to rural communities – constantly chipping away at resources. We have reached a stage now where people, particularly older members of our communities, no longer feel safe in their homes. Many are afraid to go about their daily lives because they fear being out on their own. We need to see more Gardaí on the streets and in our towns and villages.”
Deputy Murphy called on the Justice Minister and the Garda Commissioner to address this “incredible imbalance” within the Roscommon/Longford division.