Deering Critical of lack of ‘Squad’ Cars.

27th June, 2012

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering has today (Wednesday) criticised the Garda Patrol Car situation in Carlow and particularly in the eastern side of the county. Tullow Gardai have only one marked car at their disposal. Last year Tullow Station had three cars, two marked and one unmarked. The two marked cars were decommissioned as they had reached the 300,000 KM limit. They then were given a marked car from the traffic corps but had to give back the unmarked car in order to secure this. So the net result of this they have one car now compared to three previously.

Deputy Deering said “this is a bad situation, one car in Tullow covering Rathvilly, Hacketstown, Kildavin, Ballon and Myshall just isn’t enough. Tullow lost two cars in the past twelve months when the reached the 300,000 km limit and the one car they have now has 290,000  on the clock. Carlow as a county have lost three cars, down from twelve in 2010 and 2011 to nine at the present time. Two of the three lost in the county are from Tullow. No Garda car was purchased anywhere in the country since 2009 until earlier this year, a total of 235 cars have been decommissioned since 2011 as the fleet had been allowed to deteriorate over the previous two years.”

“I am very concerned over this and have been for a long time now, one car covering the whole east of the county is just not enough. With the amount of crime that we all know is going on, the lack of presence of a squad car which would generally act as a deterrent does nothing to make people feel secure. I have had discussions with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and Chief Superintendent for Carlow Kilkenny Mick McGarry, and I have written to the Garda Commissioner, this is a serious issue and I am looking for prompt action to resolve it as quickly as possible.