JUST 69 of the 2,800 gardaí recruited since 2014 have been assigned to Cork City — less than 2.5%.
The Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, revealed the figure yesterday in the Dáil during a debate about crime in Cork City.
Last week, The Echo revealed that approximately 210 burglaries were reported to gardaí in the city division since January 1 up to June 14.
This was raised by Sinn Féin’s Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, who also highlighted issues relating to joyriding, theft of property, and thefts from cars.
Deputy Ó Laoghaire said: “The Minister has instanced the number of gardaí who have passed out in recent times. By his own numbers, Cork got 69 of these, which is 2.4%. This for the second largest city in the State, and one growing rapidly.
“That clearly does not match up to what is going on.”
The Cork South Central TD added: “This area has been neglected in recent years in terms of Garda resources. Places including Carrigaline, Ballincollig, Lehenaghmore, Glanmire and Carrigtwohill have been hit hard.
“The livelihoods of people are being threatened and people are having valuable property stolen. People are having their own sense of security in their homes undermined by this.”
Minister Flanagan said that at the end of May, there were 703 gardaí in Cork city, along with 35 Garda Reserve members, and 91 civilian staff.
Last month, The Echo also revealed that 10 new gardaí were due to be allocated to Cork from the most recent group of recruits to pass out of the Garda College in Templemore.
However, gangland crime in Dublin and Drogheda resulted in those 10 being re-assigned to these areas.
Garda management in Cork had planned to put the new gardaí in positions currently filled by gardaí who were recently successful in applying for roles to expand the community policing section in the city division.