Garda numbers should be shared around the country: Catherine Murphy

Garda numbers should be shared around the country: Catherine Murphy

Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy is calling for a radical redistribution of gardaí around the country.

Deputy Murphy said an imbalance in garda resources was leaving some rural areas dangerously exposed to criminality and an under-reporting of crime statistics.

Her comments follow a Newstalk Breakfast investigation into where and how Gardaí are stationed around the country.

She said her county of Kildare is the only one without a community garda.

"You lose visibility and the prospect of a more proactive kind of policing," she said. "It's all reactive to the kind of crimes that are reported, rather than preventing crime."


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