Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance, Michael D’Arcy has defended the Minister for Justice’s decision to shelve plans for a dedicated Garda Insurance Fraud Unit.
Rank-and-file gardaí want more armed units to deal with organised crime and the threat posed by the New IRA, as well as better counselling services, more frontline police and improved equipment.
Dublin’s north inner city is the country’s main crime blackspot, with crime rates several times the national average for a range of offences including assaults, theft and illegal drugs.
The Garda watchdog has welcomed improved levels of co-operation from members of the force in the past year but claims there is room for further improvement.
Staffing levels fell in more than half of all 28 Garda divisions last year, despite the deployment of almost 300 newly-qualified gardaí in recent months.
Unemployment is down; prices are up; and Ireland’s favourite baby names are still Emily and Jack, according to a snapshot of Irish life published yesterday.
AS he prepares to set out next year’s policing priorities for the gardaí, Justice Minister Brian Lenihan addressed the Dáil yesterday on the subject of crime. The following are edited extracts:
Garda investigations in all divisions will be checked for errors by a new internal unit, it emerged today.
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