CORK city and county has been allocated just 138 garda recruits since the reopening of the Garda College in 2015.
This is compared with 1,322 recruits allocated to Dublin and 136 to Louth – the smallest county.
Figures supplied in answer to a parliamentary question by Fianna Fáil’s Deputy Michael McGrath showed that Cork city has received just seven garda recruits this year, while five were allocated to Cork North. Cork West has not been allocated any garda recruits this year.
So far this year, 42 garda recruits have been sent to stations in Louth, while Dublin region has been allocated 220.
Ten recruits due in Cork earlier this year from the most recent graduation class from the Garda College were re-allocated from Cork to help boost numbers in Dublin and Drogheda, because of gangland crime.
Funding for the recruitment of 700 new gardaí was announced as part of Budget 2020, along with plans to recruit further civilian staff for the force.
Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, said: “Budget 2020 will allow the Garda Commissioner to recruit up to 700 additional gardaí and to continue to augment the organisation with additional Garda staff.”