Wexford is to get four more garda cars
Wexford is to get four more garda cars in the coming weeks, but the numbers of officers are still below the levels they were five years ago.
Minister Paul Kehoe said the new cars are in addition to the five already brought into service this year.
'The allocation of nine Garda cars for Wexford in 2015 will really help the fight against crime in our communities,' he said.
The coalition has been stung by criticism of its austerity programme which has been seen garda numbers pared to the bone.
However, Mr. Kehoe said the government was strengthening the garda force and increasing the numbers of vehicles.
And, he said, the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, is bringing in legislation 'to strengthen our response to burglaries'.
'Too many people have had their homes violated and the proposed measures include longer sentences for repeat offenders. In a move to support the victims of crime the Minister is also planning to bring in legislation to allow for implementation of the EU Victims Directive, and new Garda Victim Support Offices will be established in every Garda division,' he said.
'With these practical measures and far-reaching reforms we are going to show criminals how seriously we are taking the fight against crime,' said In March, it was revealed that the number of gardaí assigned to the dedicated drug squad in Wexford was slashed from 11 in 2011 to just one. In 2010, there were 301 guards in the county. That figure is now around 250. Five new guards have been posted to the county so far this year.