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More than 220 less gardai in Dublin

DUBLIN has lost 225 Gardai in the last five years new figures have revealed with some stations losing almost one in five officers.

Kevin Street in the south city is worst hit having lost 19pc of its gardai according to the numbers provided by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

Irishtown wasn't far behind with a loss of 18.6pc of its officers while numbers at Store Street - one of the busiest stations in the country - dropped by 17.8pc.

Overall the average drop in numbers across the Dublin Metropolitan Division was 15pc.

Donnybrook, which boasts 119 officers, was the only station in the area that didn't see its numbers fall.

Ms Fitzgerald released the figures to Fianna Fail's Justice spokesman Niall Collins who raised particular concern about a rise in anti-social behaviour in the city.

"The government seem to be living in a different world when it comes to tackling crime in Dublin," he said.

"We have not seen the political will necessary to address the problem of anti-social behaviour on our capital's streets," Mr Collins added.

A freeze on recruitment of new gardai was put in place as far back as 2009, when Mr Collins' party was in power.

There were 12,905 gardai at the end of July this year, down from more than 14,000.

The first 100 new gardai began their training in Templemore in September.

"I am assured that when these additional personnel become available the needs of the DMR North and South Central will be fully considered within the overall context of the needs of Garda Divisions throughout the country," Minister Fitzgerald said.

Elsewhere in Dublin, Mountjoy and Fitzgibbon Street stations which were combined due to construction work saw a 15.7pc drop in overall numbers. Others losing significant numbers are Kilmainham, down 14pc and the Bridewell, down 6.7pc.