With four burglaries in Buncrana over the weekend, a growing number of oil thefts throughout the area and with a significant number of robberies in the Muff/Quigley’s point area in recent weeks the crime problem in the peninsula is now at ‘crisis point’.
That’s the view of local TD, Padraig MacLochlainn who yesterday told the ‘Journal’ that he has become ‘totally frustrated’ by the continued denial that there is a problem here by both government and gardai top brass.
Deputy MacLochlainn commented: “The only people who tell you there’s not a problem are from superintendent level up. These people are playing politics, singing from the same hymn sheet as Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, who is in denial about the extent of the problem.
“They close down 143 Garda stations, including two in Inishowen, and what’s their new plan? - putting six Fiat vans on the road.It’s a joke.”
The Sinn Fein representative said the story from ‘rank and file’ Gardai was much different.
“You talk to any member of the force and they’ll tell you that sometimes there is only one car to cover the entire Inishowen peninsula. That car is clapped out having huge mileage on the clock. This in a peninsula the size of Co. Louth and with Ireland’s fourth largest city on our doorstep.
“Their morale is at rock bottom too. The Gardai have done everything asked of them but now on top of all the redundancies, shift changes, over time cuts and the rest they are getting another 8% pay cut. That’s adding insult to injury.
“There is a crisis in Inishowen. And I intend to raise it whenever and wherever I get the chance to do so.”
Meanwhile Gardai have confirmed that a man was arrested following an alleged burglary in Buncrana on Sunday.
A Garda source confirmed yesterday that a man in his 20s was detained following a burglary at a house in the town at approximately 2.15am.
It is understood that the owners of the house arrived home and apprehended the suspect as he was leaving.
The man was detained at Buncrana Garda Station and was charged with burglary and being in possession of stolen items and due to appear in court yesterday.
In all there were four break-ins – two on Saturday night and two on Sunday. A number of laptops as well as clothing and cash was taken during the raids. Three private houses and a healthcare shop were targeted.