Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Pa Daly TD, has responded to newly published crime figures from the Central Statistics Office, which show year on year increases in some major crime categories compared to 2022.
Teachta Daly said:
“These figures published by the CSO show the importance of getting to grips with crime so that everyone can feel safe and protected.
“This comes against a backdrop of increasingly difficult conditions for the Gardaí including officers feeling overworked, under-resourced and unprotected. In addition, long waits for court cases have left victims feeling abandoned and let down by government.
“Recruitment and retention of Guards must be prioritized, and the awaited publication of the Garda Reserve regulations must be expedited. It is crucial that our courts have the resources needed to deliver justice quickly and fairly, without adding to victims’ trauma through unnecessary delays.
“In government, Sinn Féin would appoint a retention taskeforce to examine the situation within An Garda Síochána, with would report back within weeks with actionable recommendations. We would also look to end non-core duties for Gardaí and ensure they can focus on protecting communities.
“Fine Gael have been responsible for the Justice Department for 12 years. During this time, their approach to policing has undermined confidence among the public. Too often people feel unsafe in their communities. It’s time for change. A Sinn Féin-led government would ensure An Garda Síochána and the courts have the resources they need to do their jobs properly.”