DONEGAL TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has condemned the €60M Garda cuts across the country.More than 100 Garda stations will close and 14 rural districts scrapped. Five stations will go in Donegal and the Glenties district scrapped.He described the plan as “a savage attack on rural Ireland”. The Donegal North-East TD said: “Today’s news that another hundred garda stations will be closed will be a further serious blow to rural Ireland as well as some urban communities who have already disproportionately suffered under the cuts regime imposed by this and the previous government.“This savage attack will also see 14 rural garda districts closed in an effort to centralise the policing of huge swathes of rural Ireland in to urban areas.”He added: “Both the Irish Farmers’ Association and the Garda Representatives Association, the representatives of rural Ireland and of the vast majority of Gardaí, have repeatedly rejected these ongoing station closures as they know the value of community policing. These are people who know rural communities unlike those who are in charge of drafting these proposals.“The government are attempting to spin this reform of policing structures when we all know that is the austerity agenda at work here under the mask of “reform.” Sinn Féin put forward budget proposals this week demonstrating how the deficit could be closed without targeting frontline services. Rural communities should not have to suffer even more because of the fiscal ineptitude of the government.” GARDAI FACING €60M CUTS: MacLOCHLAINN CONDEMNS ‘SAVAGE ATTACK ON RURAL IRELAND’ was last modified: December 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GARDAI FACING €60M CUTS: MacLOCHLAINN CONDEMNS ‘SAVAGE ATTACK ON RURAL IRELAND’
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