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"People do not feel secure in their own homes" - FF takes aim at Shatter

“Gardaí put their lives on the line to protect our communities and deserve more”.

FF leader Micheal Martin with Niall Collins
FF leader Micheal Martin with Niall Collins
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

FIANNA FAIL HAS strongly criticised the politics of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, saying people no longer feel safe in their homes after the closure of some Garda stations around the country.

The party’s spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins said there has been an “unprecedented attack on the morale of An Garda Siochana by the very Minister who should be defending them in Cabinet”.

“Gardaí put their lives on the line to protect our communities and deserve more,” he told the party’s Ard Fheis.

Criminals are toasting Minister Shatter and it’s at the expense of the ordinary people of Ireland who see empty stations, pared back patrols, the ever present menace of criminality and are told to use Twitter in response.

They are delighted with this Minister who has consistently let down and fought bitter public spats with the force that is committed to the protection of this state and its citizens.

Collins said he had heard stories of “savage” thefts, “of elderly brothers beaten and terrorised by roving gangs [and] of communities living in fear”.

95 Garda stations were closed in January as part of a plan to better utilise force resources.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin opened the Ard Fheis last night by saying the party could learn from the past ‘but is focused on the future’.

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