May 15, 2024
Regina Doherty’s ‘shameless hypocrisy’ over Dublin policing will fool no-one – Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin Senator and European election candidate for Dublin, Lynn Boylan, has criticised the ‘shameless hypocrisy’ of Fine Gael candidate Regina Doherty’s comments decrying the lack of Gardaí in the city.

Senator Doherty told a hustings event yesterday evening that it was difficult to get gardaí to show up to incidents they are called about.

Senator Boylan said:

“This is shameless hypocrisy from a Fine Gael politician who has been part of a government that has totally failed to invest in our Gardaí and has brought policing in Dublin to its knees.

“Fine Gael have been responsible for the Justice Ministry for over 13 years. In this time, they have overseen a recruitment and retention crisis in the Gardaí, morale among Gardaí plummeting and a real term cut in Gardaí numbers.

“People deserve to feel safe and protected, but the reality is that many people in Dublin simply don’t feel safe because of Fine Gael’s total mismanagement of policing and community safety.

“Regina Doherty has been a public representative of the party throughout this time, including sitting at the cabinet table while many of these disastrous decisions were taken.

“Her attempts to now express concern about the lack of Gardaí personnel and resources ring totally hollow. This is a blatant attempt at electioneering on her part that will fool absolutely no-one.

“Dublin is an incredible city that I am proud to call home. It has so much potential but has been held back by poor decisions by Fine Gael and other government parties.

“A vote for Sinn Féin on 7th June is a vote for change. It is the first step in getting this disastrous government out of office.

“Sinn Féin have outlined our proposals to get to grips with policing in Dublin, in our policy document Keeping Communities Safe. Unlocking Dublin’s potential and ensuring that it is a safe place to live and work would be a key priority of a Sinn Féin team of MEPs. It’s time to invest in our Gardaí so that communities can feel safe and protected.”

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Regina Doherty’s ‘shameless hypocrisy’ over Dublin policing will fool no-one – Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin Senator and European election candidate for Dublin, Lynn Boylan, has criticised the ‘shameless hypocrisy’ of Fine Gael candidate Regina Doherty’s comments decrying the lack of Gardaí in the city.

Senator Doherty told a hustings event yesterday evening that it was difficult to get gardaí to show up to incidents they are called about.

Senator Boylan said:

“This is shameless hypocrisy from a Fine Gael politician who has been part of a government that has totally failed to invest in our Gardaí and has brought policing in Dublin to its knees.

“Fine Gael have been responsible for the Justice Ministry for over 13 years. In this time, they have overseen a recruitment and retention crisis in the Gardaí, morale among Gardaí plummeting and a real term cut in Gardaí numbers.

“People deserve to feel safe and protected, but the reality is that many people in Dublin simply don’t feel safe because of Fine Gael’s total mismanagement of policing and community safety.

“Regina Doherty has been a public representative of the party throughout this time, including sitting at the cabinet table while many of these disastrous decisions were taken.

“Her attempts to now express concern about the lack of Gardaí personnel and resources ring totally hollow. This is a blatant attempt at electioneering on her part that will fool absolutely no-one.

“Dublin is an incredible city that I am proud to call home. It has so much potential but has been held back by poor decisions by Fine Gael and other government parties.

“A vote for Sinn Féin on 7th June is a vote for change. It is the first step in getting this disastrous government out of office.

“Sinn Féin have outlined our proposals to get to grips with policing in Dublin, in our policy document Keeping Communities Safe. Unlocking Dublin’s potential and ensuring that it is a safe place to live and work would be a key priority of a Sinn Féin team of MEPs. It’s time to invest in our Gardaí so that communities can feel safe and protected.”

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