Garda staffing numbers down sixteen per cent in Donegal in the past five years

Padraig MacLochlainn

The border area is the worst affected by Garda cuts as numbers have fallen by 22 per cent.

In Donegal, the staffing numbers have dropped from 473 to 396, a decline of 16 per cent in the past five years.

According to a report published in today's Irish Independent, Cavan and Monnaghan has been worst hit by dropping Garda numbers, with staffing numbers falling by 22 per cent from March 2010 to January 2015.

Despite the significant decrease in Garda numbers, the figures on crime are down in Donegal by almost eleven per cent while nationally by almost 30 per cent.

Speaking to Highland Radio News, Donegal TD and Sinn Fein Justice Spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn is questioning those figures: