The number of gardaí in Donegal falls 17 per cent over the last six years

GARDAThe number of gardaí in Donegal fell 17 per cent over the last six years.

The figures were revealed by Minister Alan Shatter after Pearse Doherty TD asked him a Parliamentary Question on the issue.

In 2008, there were 488 gardaí in the county: by the end of 2011 that had fallen to 444 and, at the end of February 2014, the figure stood at 407.

Local election candidate, John Sheamais O’Fearraigh says there is a definite link between the fall in garda numbers and the rise in robberies here: