Recently selected Fianna Fáil candidate for Cork East, Cllr. Padraig O’Sullivan has said it beggars belief that there has been a 20% cut in the number of Garda traffic corps members in the Cork North Garda Division – which covers most of the Cork East constituency.
New information obtained by Fianna Fáil reveals that there has been a significant decrease in the number of dedicated traffic corps members since 2009 – the Cork North division alone is down by eight, from 41 to 33, a 20% decrease. Nationally, there has been a 42% decrease.
“The Garda Traffic Corp is directly responsible for the full enforcement of road traffic legislation and to assisting the free flow of traffic in our communities.
“Despite there being a significant increase in the numbers using our road network with more road users including cyclists and motorists, the number of dedicated Gardaí policing our roads has fallen.
“East Cork, which forms part of the Cork North division, is a busy area with a bustling tourism industry. We need traffic cops patrolling our towns and villages, and ensuring both road safety and free moving traffic. It’s clear to me that a 20% cut in numbers doesn’t make this any easier or likely.
"It makes no sense to me to see a cut of this level when the numbers of cars on our roads growing.
“While operational and deployment matters are the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner, it is the Minister for Justice’s responsibility to set the government’s priorities and ensure the right level of resources,” concluded Butler.