"Patrol car debacle a result of cutbacks"

Added: 03-07-2012 08:51:22

An incident at the weekend in which a woman had to drive to her local Garda station, pick up an officer because a patrol car was unavailable and drive him to her home which had been broken into is yet further proof of the effect cutbacks are having on the ground in Donegal, a local TD has said.

Donegal North East Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn said he was alarmed to hear the woman had to drive the Garda to her home after the burglary and said it was “evidence yet again of the lack of resources available to the Gardaí in Donegal.”

He added: “The reality is that despite assurances given to me by the Minister for Justice and senior Gardaí, Government cutbacks are having a real impact in Donegal. I have received a number of complaints from victims of crime in recent times about Garda response times. A clear pattern is emerging at this stage.”

Meanwhile, it also emerged yesterday that €100,000 worth of cars were stolen from a car dealership in the Donegal village on the same evening. For more on that story click here.

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