CORK North West TD, Aindrias Moynihan has said that communities across West Cork are living in fear as a result of the closure of stations across the constituency.
Deputy Aindrias Moynihan was commenting following receipt of a PQ reply from the Minister for Justice, and Tánaiste, which showed that two Garda stations in the area, Inchigeela and Meelin, have closed since September 2010.
“The Kanturk District was merged into the a new enlarged Macroom District and has resulted in entire communities losing their local station, and the sense of safety that comes with having a Garda working in your town or village. The area being covered by this reduced number of stations has increased significantly.”
“The Minister must urgently increase the number of Gardaí in West Cork. Only five Garda graduates, out of 534, have been assigned to the entire West Cork Garda Division since the reopening of Templemore.”
“What is most concerning is that four of the 10 stations in the Macroom District are not connected to the national PULSE system for recording and monitoring crime.”
“This just isn’t good enough. The point of a national system is to have all stations feeding their data in so that a national picture of the incidences of crime can be monitored, and remedial action, in terms of resourcing and planning, can be taken.”
“The Minister must work with the Garda management to ensure all of our stations are feeding into the PULSE system as quickly as possible.”
“There are currently only 70 Gardaí working in the Macroom District. This is an area that covers towns and villages such as Millstreet, Baile Bhuirne, Coachford, and of course the town of Macroom itself.”
“This simply isn’t enough. Rural crime is a real concern, and a visible presence is needed to deter would be criminals, and ensure that isolated communities feel safe,” concluded Moynihan.