Local TD rejects claims that rural crime rates are often “sensationalised”

A local TD rejects claims that rural crime rates are often “sensationalised” and says that they reflect the fears of an ageing population.

Chair of the Committee and local Sinn Féin TD, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has been speaking following a meeting of Dail’s Justice Committee yesterday which saw two Assistant Garda Commissioners and a senior police officer from the north appeared before members.

It was the first time that the PSNI have conducted a joint briefing with gardaí on community policing.

An all-island approach to tackling rural crime and policing the border post Brexit were the focus of the committee, with some people in the meeting claiming that rural crime rates had been “sensationalised” and “exaggerated”.

Speaking on The Wider View, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin says that this is not the case: