Criminal gangs better resourced than Gardai

by Aisling Kennedy

Criminal gangs in Dublin city have more resources than gardai according to Cllr Paul McAuliffe (FF).
Figures released at a recent Joint Policing Committee meeting in January revealed that there was a total of 562 incidents involving possession of an offensive weapon, 34 incidents of possession of a firearm, and 27 incidents of the discharge of a firearm in the Dublin city area in 2015.
Cllr McAuliffe said these combined figures amounted to more than 600 incidents of crime involving a firearm or an offensive weapon last year in Dublin city and he said that this trend cannot continue.
“When you hear these incidents reported on the news, you can allow yourself to imagine they happen somewhere else, somewhere apart. But the fact is that across our capital we have seen guns and knives being used, not just in gangland murders, but increasingly in burglary, muggings and drunken disputes. Dublin City needs a dedicated Garda unit to tackle gun crime. But the force has decreased by over 2,500 members in the past five years.”
While a spokesperson for Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald did not comment on the Joint Policing figures, they said CSO official crime statistics for quarter 3 of 2015 show that there was a reduction in robbery and weapon offences across Dublin County.
The statistics show that robbery was down 9.1% and weapon offences were down 7.3%.
The spokesperson said the government is tackling crime by investing heavily in policing resources.
“In particular, the Capital Plan 2016 – 2021 (which will see an investment of €205m) will make provisions for the ongoing delivery of new Garda vehicles, as well as very significant investment in new technology and information systems for An Garda Siochana.
“In addition, the Government has made provision for the recruitment of 600 new gardai this year.”

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