North Tipperary Deputy Michael Lowry TD Lowry has criticised the Government for their continued lack of support and assistance for those living in Tipperary in the face of the growing incidence of burglaries across the region.
Furthermore, he has declared that the shortcoming in this regard are nothing short of disgraceful.
Deputy Lowry explained that,year on year, the number of burglaries in rural areas, and indeed in towns throughout the constituency, have been growing and are causing undue worry and concern to all living in such areas. The Independent T.D. condemned the Government for their blatant lack of action in equipping An Garda Síochána and assisting rural people in tackling this societal problem.
Deputy Lowry stated;
“The Government has failed the people of Tipperary by passively standing by and refusing to take action of this matter. Instead of offering assistance, the Government has repeatedly refused to replace the Crime Prevention Officer in Thurles, and instead of increasing services, are implementing cut after cut to Garda resources and Garda stations. The Government is showing a blatant disregard for the safety of people and lack of understanding as the devastating impact of robberies and the fear and anxiety it causes across an entire community. The elderly and vulnerable in particular no longer feel secure in their homes. Our local Gardaí are doing exemplary work in the face of rising crime but the reality is that they are grossly over-stretched and are not adequately equipped or resourced to devote the time needed to preventing or fighting burglary.”
“Quite simply nothing is being done by the Government to tackle this issue. Only last week we saw a very serious break in in a supermarket in Cloughjordan and this is only the tip of the iceberg. Day on day numerous burglaries occur across the constituency and often in areas that historically would have had little or no crime. Every rural community would affirm that burglaries have increased dramatically and the problem is getting worse.”
“Despite raising this issue in the Dáil and despite repeated representations to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Alan Shatter T.D. no action has been taken to tackle the issues raised. Instead it seems that more rural stations will be closed and no new Garda recruits will be taken on. Minister Shatter is simply turning away from the problem and leaving people to fend for themselves. This attitude of burying his head in the sand does not serve the people of Tipperary and shows a complete lack of regard and understanding by the Fine Gael and Labour Government.”