Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has said that the appalling murder of a Dermot Byrne in Swords earlier this month, was a heinous crime which has no place in our community. He said, “Public order issues are becoming more and more prevalent as Swords continues to emerge as an attractive late night spot for socialising. As venues and late bars become popular with visitors travelling from all over the country, the number of people on the streets of Swords makes it more likely for incidents to occur.”
“I have been warning for some time now that parts of the county, including Swords, have been rapidly increasing in population year-on-year. The latest CSO figures show that Swords and the surrounding hinterland have expanded to the size of a city; however, resources allocated to policing our area do not reflect those changes.” He added, “Over the past five years, Garda numbers have been cut in the this area by 20 per cent. Swords in particular lost 12 full-time Gardaí, even though it was transforming into the busiest district in the Capital during the same period.
“Our society depends on Gardaí to feel safe in their communities and to uphold the rule of law. The bottom line is that the Gardaí are stretched beyond their limit and they simply do not have the manpower to maintain a strong presence on our streets and engage in robust crime prevention measures.“I’m hoping that we can see extra Garda patrols in the area, particularly at weekends to reassure the local community following this attack. The Government needs to ensure the Gardaí receive the resources they need to prevent and investigate these sorts of incidents,” he concluded.