Drop in number of gardai assigned to Sligo-Leitrim and Mayo

Reduction during last year

Sligo News File

The Minister for Justice has confirmed that garda numbers have reduced in Sligo-Leitrim and Mayo.

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Justice

Heather Humphreys told TD’s that in the last twelve months, April 2020 to 2021, the force in Sligo-Leitrim has decreased from 318 to 302 while in the same period the number of gardai in the Mayo division is down from 348 to 337.

Meanwhile, Sligo councillor Marie Casserly has submitted a motion for the next meeting of the county council asking that the authority seek an update from the Office of Public Works and Garda CAO Joe Nugent “on how the  refurbishment of Sligo Garda Station complies with part M of the Building Regulations Access and use and whether a Disabled Access Certificate has or will be issued at the completion of the works.”

Plans for the construction of a repeatedly promised new garda station for Sligo at Caltragh have been shelved. As well, the town, capital of the north west, has been stripped of its regional headquarter status. Fine Gael justice minister, Helen McEntee last year denied the action was a political decision.