Three roads gardai out of 87 for Limerick ‘derisory’ – TD

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Niall Collins says the Limerick division getting three out of 87 gardai appointed to roads policing units this week is the “same old story”.

Niall Collins says the Limerick division getting three out of 87 gardai appointed to roads policing units this week is the “same old story”.

DEPUTY Niall Collins says the Limerick division getting three out of 87 gardai appointed to roads policing units this week is the “same old story”.

“It is a constant trend – Limerick is not getting its fair share of gardai," he said.

"Last October, five gardai out of 181 that passed out in Templemore were sent here. We can’t even get a superintendent for the Bruff district. Every community meeting I attend, the need for more gardai on the ground is raised. Members of An Garda Siochana are also saying to me that they need more colleagues.

"Limerick is a big county and getting three out of 87 gardai appointed to roads policing units is nothing short of derisory,” said Deputy Collins.

In his address to newly appointed members, Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey emphasised the importance of the role they will play in “making our roads and our communities safer and protecting road users from the risk of death and serious injury”. 

Last year, was the safest year recorded on Irish roads and the challenge is to continue the hard work to ensure that the downward trend in road deaths and serious injuries continues, he said.