Inishowen suffers deeper Garda cutbacks than rest of Donegal

Garda staffing in Buncrana district falls by 23 officers – or 26% – since 2007

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Inishowen has suffered deeper Garda cutbacks than any other part of Donegal, figures released by the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter have revealed.

In response to parliamentary questions tabled by Charlie McConalogue and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Minister Shatter revealed that there are 23 fewer gardaí serving in the Buncrana district than were here in 2007, a drop of 26% from 90 to 67 this year.

The drop is almost twice that for Donegal as a whole where staffing is down by 14%, from 476 in 2007 to 407 at the end of January last.

The Ballyshannon and Milford districts suffered decreases of just 2% and 8% respectively, while staffing in Letterkenny, which includes Newtown and Carrigans, fell by 16%.

Staffing at the four Garda stations closest to the border with Derry – Burnfoot, Muff, Newtown and Carrigans – have been particularly badly affected, falling from a peak of 28 in 2008 to 13 this year.

The revelation comes as people living in border areas struggle with an increase in crime and recent public meetings in Manorcunningham drew attendances of up to 1,000 concerned citizens.

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