New Garda Vehicles Welcome

I am satisfied to see that the Minister for Justice has announced, as part of our plans to tackle rural crime, an allocation of €5.3 million for the purchase of 260 new high-powered vehicles between now and the end of the year.

There is no question that the investment will assist Gardai, with a particular focus on motorways and rural areas, as well as increased night time public order patrols in cities. I believe that these are all important areas that are worthy of our focus.

This investment in vehicles will be accompanied by a new Garda recruitment campaign, under which 600 new Gardaí will be recruited in 2016, which will add to the 550 who have been recruited since Templemore was reopened by the Fine Gael government.

There have also been additional resources for community policing initiatives. I am personally glad to see these range of measure being undertaken, as I feel that crime, and the fear of crime, has become lodged in the minds of many, and we need to work to ensure that this does not continue.

Now that we are recruiting, now that we are investing in vehicles, now that we are tackling specific issues in crime, opposition parties have to accept that Fine Gael are taking crime seriously, and are intent on tackling it.

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