Figures prove need to strengthen garda presence – Mc Gowan

The Chair of the Joint Policing Committee in Donegal says an analysis of burglary figures for 2011 proves the need to strengthen rather than cut garda resources in Donegal and the border counties.

The comparative study published in today's Irish Times shows there were 475 burglaries in Donegal last year, up 16% on the previous year. There was a 20% rise in Cavan / Monaghan and a 30% rise in Sligo / Leitrim.

Conversely, incidents of burglary were down 13% in Mayo and down 15% in Galway.

Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan says this tallies with reports they've received from Chief Superintendent Terri Mc Ginn, and that must be acknowledged by the Justice Minister...........