March 1, 2013
Responding to the news that five garda vans are to be deployed to replace the service to communities from 143 garda stations closed over the last year, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn described the news as “farcical” and a “sticking plaster rather than a real solution”.
Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:
“This is just farcical. 143 garda stations have closed across the state. Policing is being decimated in rural communities. Garda numbers are being reduced dramatically. The numbers of garda vehicles have been reduced and many of the existing vehicles are not up to scratch due to heavy mileage.
And what is the solution? Five vans.
“We do not need a sticking plaster solution. We need real leadership and a real solution to a growing crisis.
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