Calls have been made for a cross-party delegation from Cork to meet with the Garda Commissioner to express the need for more gardaí in the Rebel County.
It was revealed at a Joint Policing Committee (JPC) in Cork this week that Cork is to benefit from eight new gardaí and 24 temporary gardaí in the coming months.
However, Cork TD Donnchadh O’Laoghaire said the allocation is not enough to make up for years of under-resourcing.
In an email to the Lord Mayor of Cork city, the Chief Executive of Cork City Council, party group leaders in Cork, the chair of the JPC, Cork Business Association and Cork Chamber, Deputy O’Laoghaire said:
“In recent weeks and months, there is a great deal of concern with regards to crime in our city.
“In several communities across the City and the surrounding areas, people have organised community meetings regarding concern on rising crime and anti-social behaviour.
“There has been a number of significant incidents in both the city centre, the suburbs and commuter areas and indeed on public transport,” he added.
“At several of these meetings, the issue of garda visibility has been to the fore.” He said that, despite the best efforts of local gardaí, there is not a sufficient number of them to provide the level of visibility and presence that is required.
Deputy O’Laoghaire called for a cross-party and sector delegation to seek a meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to express the need for more gardaí in Cork.
“I am proposing that we work together, and through the Ard Mhéaras office that a delegation be organised to meet the commissioner,” he explained.
“We need to have an in-depth discussion on garda resources in the city.
“Commissioner Harris needs to understand the depth of feeling that there is on this issue, and to hear the concerns of the people of Cork,” he added.
“We deserve better than what we have been getting.
“The eight new gardaí and 24 temporary gardaí is all well and good but we need much much more than that to make up the shortfall from recent years.”