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The frustration of 1,500 people from around the country was evident at the first “save our community” meeting in Thurles last week, where more than half the attendees claimed to be victims of crime.
CSO figures showing an 8.4% increase in the amount of burglaries committed in the last year (since June 2014) demonstrate the devastating effects of closing 139 Garda stations in rural communities throughout Ireland. While the Garda commissioner and justice minister might state that there are 550 more Garda recruits in training, they will only be replacing the guards who have taken retirement. This will do nothing to increase the security of the residents in 139 parishes that have had their Garda station closed with catastrophic consequences.
Such residents are left to fend for themselves against professional criminals. Residents are entitled to an explanation as to why they were subjected to this risk for an average daily saving of only €9.89 per station This is in stark contrast to the Government wasting €48m on the failed Thornton Hall prison site and €38m on Eircode. Direct Democracy Ireland is calling on the Government to reverse these unacceptable Garda station closures.
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