04/12/2019

Labour: More Gardaí Required In Dublin

More Gardaí are needed to effectively tackle crime in Dublin, the Labour Party has warned.

Senator Kevin Humphreys called for more bodies in the city following the publication of the CSO crime statistics. The figures, released for the first time since 2016, show that detection rates were just 13% for Dublin, compared to 18% for the rest of the country.

Senator Humphreys expressed his extreme concern at the statistics. He said: "The burglary rate in Dublin for example is twice that of the rest of Ireland according to the CSO, while detection rates were just 13% in the capital compared to 18% for the rest of the country.

"We've also seen higher rates of sexual offences, attempts and threats to murder in Dublin than elsewhere, as well as drug crime, damage to property and public order offences, all with lower detection rates inside the capital.

"There simply aren't enough Gardai in Dublin to deal with this level of crime."

Mr Humphreys said Dublin Gardai are stretched to capacity, with duties unique to the capital such as the defence of the 62 embassies that are based here, and the protection of the six million tourists who visit the city every year.

He continued: "If the rate of crime in Dublin is greater that the rest of the country as these figures suggest, we need to see an increase in the number of Gardai in the capital immediately."



(JG/CM)

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