Socialist Party TD Clare Daly has rejected the explanation of the Minister for Justice and Equality to a Dail question last week in relation to the rationale behind the cutting of the opening hours of Malahide Garda station, and other cuts in Garda services in the area.
She said, ” The Minister is claiming that the decision to cut the opening hours in the stations is not about cost savings but rather about improving the deployment of garda resources and getting better use of Gardai on the frontline. This is nonsense. Everyone knows that there are less Gardai on the streets than ever before. They are trying to cover up for the cuts that have already taken place. Dressing this up as an efficiency measure is an insult which residents will not be fooled by.”
“This is another consequence of the attack on public services. Citizens have, and continue to pay substantial taxation in return forever reducing public services as the government continues its austerity agenda. Improving services means investing in them. This government has reneged on every pre-election promise they made. This is simply not good enough,” she said.
“The Minister has declared that he has ‘no plans to review this decision’, ” Deputy Daly said. “Therefore the three government TDs, particularly Minister Reilly must intervene and force a review.”
More information : Clare Daly – 087-2415576
Clare speaking at public meeting on Household Tax Feb 6th in Galway recorded for broadcast on RTE’s Morning Ireland
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Dail Expenses Account – February 25th 2011 – December 31st 2011
Travel & Accommodation 10,000.00 Travel & Accommodation 10025.33
Other Expenses 12,821.43 Donations 6994.15
Room Hire 517.00
Leaflet Distribution 3262.77
1. Travel Expenditure includes amounts paid for attendance at conferences in relation to energy and economics, international meetings of workers and young people against austerity in Belgium, Scotland and England, and meetings in cities around the country on behalf of the United Left Alliance.
2. Donations included payments to the United Left Alliance, Alliance against Cuts in Education (ACE), Swords Rovers, Justice for the Forgotten, Irish Penal Reform Trust, ISPCA, Children to Lapland, Migrant Rights, MFPA, One Family, St. Cronans National School Swords, Aware, and others.