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Mayo TD raises concerns about Garda levels given the force's dependence on overtime

A Mayo TD has raised concerns about Garda levels across the country, given the force’s dependence on overtime.

The issue was highlighted this week, when it emerged that there were serious issues with the Garda overtime budget in Dublin and there were fears that overtime across the capital would be cancelled.

Deputy Chambers says while this situation may have been confined to Dublin, it has highlighted the Garda overdependence on overtime to cover essential services.

She says instead of relying on the same officers to take on additional shifts, the recruitment process should be speeded up and it should be ensured that Gardai are sent to areas where they are most needed. 

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