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New figures reveal massive drop in Gardaí antisocial Behaviour Warnings

Despite the growing issue of youth crime, figures released to Róisín Shortall TD have revealed that powers granted to the gardaí to tackle the problem are not being used. Since their introduction in 2008 the number of Behaviour Warnings issued by the Gardaí has fallen by 85%. Deputy Shortall explained: “When a child or young person is getting involved in persistent antisocial behaviour, early Read More

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Number of Garda Sergeants in Ballymun Halved Despite Gangland Feud Threat

On foot of Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy’s warning of a “significant feud” in Ballymun, TD for the area Róisín Shortall has hit out at the shocking drop in the number of Gardaí stationed in Ballymun. Figures released to Deputy Shortall have revealed the number of sergeants in the area has been halved, from 24 at the end of 2010, to just 12. Deputy Shortall Read More

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Shortall welcomes restructuring of the Department of Justice

Co-leader of the Social Democrats, Róisín Shortall TD, has welcomed the Minister for Justice’s announcement that his department will be restructured as "broadly positive," but has cautioned that the Minister must ensure the full cooperation of his department. “The report by the Effectiveness and Renewal Group highlights the dysfunctional relationship Read More

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Minister must act to stop HSE foot-dragging over release of CervicalCheck smears

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD today called on the Minister for Health to intervene to compel the HSE to release smear slides to women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy so they can be independently reviewed. Deputy Shortall accused the HSE of deliberately delaying the release of the slides for Read More