BY DECLAN VARLEY
Fianna Fáil Justice spokesperson Jim O’ Callaghan will be the special guest at a public meeting on rural crime in Roscommon on Monday next.
The event will be held in Clonown Community Hall at 8pm Monday and has been organised by local Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy as part of a series of public meetings over the coming months.
“I have planned a series of public meetings over the coming months to gain more feedback and insight from constituents throughout the region in a bid to bring more of the issues which matter to people to the floor of Dáil Eireann,” he said.
“The meeting is open to all members of the public as we want to gain feedback on this issue,” said Deputy Murphy.The Fianna Fáil TD said that rural Ireland was getting a raw deal on security and people are upset.
“When are we going to have real security in rural Ireland? People are scared and we need to address this urgently,” said Deputy Murphy.
Deputy Murphy said that it was very difficult for communities to work with Gardai when many of these communities had been raided of Gardai resources.
Deputy Murphy also pointed out that a number of stations across the region had closed in recent years while retired Garda officers were not being replaced.
Deputy Murphy said that rural communities have been hit time and time again.
“Fear levels have increased, particularly in areas which have seen Garda numbers drop. A strong Garda presence is an extremely important tool in the fight against crime. I hope that as many people as possible join us for this public meeting,” concluded Deputy Murphy.