Cork Councillor calls for stronger Garda presence in City Centre

Calls have been made for a stronger Garda presence in the city, following a second violent brawl in recent weeks.

On Monday evening, two men were filmed tackling each other on Patrick Street, eventually falling into traffic and landing on the bonnet of a passing car.

A pensioner in his 80’s, who was an innocent bystander, was hospitalised following the row after he suffered injuries to his hand after he was pushed to the ground during the incident.

Gardai say the matter is being investigated but no arrests have been made as yet.

In the first four months of this year, 98 serious assaults were recorded in the Cork city Garda division compared to 47 similar crimes reported in the same period last year.

Just last month, three newly qualified Gardaí were assigned to Cork city following a passing-out ceremony at the Garda College in Templemore.

Independent Councillor Ken O’Flynn says the Garda presence is weak in the city, despite recent recruitment campaigns:

“We have a pile of Guards doing administration work behind desks. We have a lack of availability of cars in the city. We certainly have a lack of availability of the Garda patrolling, the Garda on the beach, the Garda walking down the street, the presence of the Gardaí.”


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