Budget 2018 bolsters Fine Gael’s fight against crime in Carlow.

10th October, 2017

800 new Gardaí to be recruited nationally next year

Budget 2018 bolsters Fine Gael’s fight against crime in Carlow, Fine Gael TD for Carlow, Pat Deering has said.

Deputy Pat Deering noted that Budget 2018 provides for the recruitment of 800 additional Gardaí nationally next year as well as a further 500 civilian members of the force.

“Today’s Budget is a real boost to Fine Gael’s fight against crime. The justice sector has been allocated an additional €63 million for 2018, bringing total funding to €2.6 billion. This marks a continuation of Fine Gael’s commitment to tackling crime around the country.

“As the local Fine Gael representative, I am particularly committed to ensuring that people and families feel safe in their homes and communities all across Carlow.

“The funding increase allows for the recruitment of 800 extra Gardaí next year which is very welcome.

“Fine Gael reopened the Garda training college in Templemore after Fianna Fáil closed it down, and we have a plan to achieve an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021. Today’s Budget shows that we remain committed to increasing Garda numbers and the ongoing reform and modernisation of the police force.

“Also positive is today’s announcement that we will hire an additional 500 civilian staff in 2018. This frees up the Gardaí from administrative and technical tasks, increasing the numbers out on the beat here in Carlow and tackling crime where it occurs.

“Fine Gael has overseen the development of a modern force equipped for 21st century policing. As Minister Flanagan stated today, the funding will be used to meet challenges including counter-terrorism, organised crime, and white collar crime. I am pleased to hear there is also provision to maintain targeted operations, such as Operation Thor.
“I applaud the Gardaí for the continued successes of Operation Thor, the initiative designed to protect our streets, communities and homes. Operation Thor has seen burglary statistics continue on a significant downward trend.

“We have invested heavily in the Garda fleet, with over 720 new vehicles coming on stream since the start of 2015. €6 million has been allocated to provide for Garda vehicles which will provide for up to 240 new vehicles across the country next year.

Deering added “I was also pleased to hear that the increased spending on Gardaí and police staffing will go hand in hand with a commitment to drive reform throughout the organisation.

“Minister Flanagan announced an additional €600,000 for the Policing Authority to provide for additional staffing, accommodation and other costs associated with its important work; and an additional €300,000 to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission to strengthen staffing resources including a new unit established in relation to Protected Disclosures.

“Fine Gael will continue to prioritise the fight on crime and I will work to ensure we do everything we can to protect people and families in Carlow.