Govt 'Utterly Out Of Touch On Crime' - FF

The government is "utterly out of touch on crime", Fianna Fáil Deputy Barry Cowen has said.

The deputy said that he was dismayed following the Tánaiste Joan Burton's response to Dáil questions on the rates of violent crime in the country.

"We have known for some time that this government has quickly become insulated and isolated from the reality of life for a great many people, but listening to the Tánaiste dismiss concern about rates of violent crime in the Dáil today highlighted the extent to which she and her colleagues have become out of touch," Deputy Cowen said.

Adding: "The Tánaiste’s attempt to dismiss the problem by taking refuge in commending the Gardaí is deeply disingenuous. An Garda Síochána enjoys the full and enthusiastic support of my party, but this does not take away from the fact that a growing number of people are living in fear of criminals who are increasingly brazen in their activities."


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