Longford’s crime levels will only start to drop once government leaders start investing in additional garda resources, it has been claimed.
Fianna Fail Cllr Martin Mulleady said he was shocked to find only four gardai were on duty in Longford town over the course of a busy pre-Christmas Saturday evening.
“It’s not the Gardai’s fault, they need help. Three guards and a sergeant on duty when there are 3,500 people in town on a Saturday night isn’t enough,” he said.
The Drumlish representative made the remarks following the close of applications for new Garda recruits last Thursday.
In what is the first recruitment drive of its kind since 2009, around 20,000 people have already applied since the call for invitations opened on December 12.
A request by the Leader in relation to Cllr Mulleady’s concerns has since been lodged with the Garda Press Office.