Templemore Garda College in North Tipperary has effectively been closed since this Government came to power, Independent Deputy Michaee Lowry told the Dáil. The College looks abandoned and Templemore has become a ghost business town.
Speaking during a debate on a Fianna Fail motion seeking the ending of the closure of garda stations, he said rural stations in Tipperary and across the country have been targeted for closure by this Government devastating local communities and resulting in huge fear, trepidation and anxiety in the communities affected.
A reduction in Garda numbers is a ministerial and governmental policy initiative to save money, said Deputy Lowry. “It is not about better policing; it is about cutbacks. It is a false economy to continue to undermine our gardaí in this way. The reality is that crime is rising and criminals are increasingly sophisticated. We must protect our protectors and ensure that every possible resource is made available to assist them in this challenging and brave work.”