TD calls for more gardai after raid on Lifford bookies


A raid yesterday afternoon on a Lifford bookies shop, the latest in a long line of such robberies, is further proof that more gardaí are needed in the area to stem such attacks, according to Fine Gael Donegal TD Dinny McGinley.

"Today's raid is just the latest in a number of such incidents that have occurred in Lifford over the last year or so.

"Lifford is a Border town and is vulnerable to attacks from criminals who flee back across the Border after attacking businesses and individuals in the town. Time and time again I have stated that an increase in Garda strength is needed in the area to stem these attacks and I renew my call today.

"Last summer, during an adjournment debate in the Dáil I had on the issue, I asked for Garda numbers in Lifford to be increased.

"The Justice Minister stated that the situation was under review and that, when extra gardaí become available, an increase in the Lifford area would be considered.

"Events make it crystal clear that the time for consideration is over and that Garda strength must be improved in the area.

"Individuals and businesses in all cross-Border areas must be protected against the thuggery of those who attack them and then escape across the Border.

"Putting more gardaí on the streets and in the stations of these areas is the best way to stem the tide of these attacks."