17/07/2012

Lift Garda Recruitment Embargo - O'Brien

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien has called for the garda recruitment embargo to be lifted in the wake of the recent spike in violent crime.

Deputy O'Brien also called for the civilianisation of administrative garda duties to ensure more fully trained gardaí are available for front line duties.

Deputy O’Brien said: "Sinn Féin has never agreed with the recruitment embargo in any sector of the public services.

"Recent events show that there is a need for more gardaí on the beat in our communities and at public events.

"I am therefore calling on the Minister for Justice to lift the recruitment embargo on the gardaí and also to arrange for the civilianisation of administrative garda duties in order to deploy more fully trained gardaí on the frontline where there are most urgently needed."

Commenting on Fianna Fáil’s call for a specific Dublin Task Force to make the capital safer Deputy O’Brien said: "This should be the responsibility of the local Joint Policing Committees but they would need to be strengthened significantly by the minister for them to be effective."

(CD)

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