Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Jim Daly, has said that the Fianna Fáil party must stop scaremongering on Garda numbers, adding that they have got their figures on Garda retirements all wrong. ——- according to The Cork.IE on-line newspaper
“Fianna Fáil TDs are going around trying to frighten people by saying that 1,500 Gardaí are eligible to retire, suggesting the force will be much weakened as a result. The truth on Garda retirements, according to figures I received from the Department of Justice, is that just 291 Gardaí retired in 2014. A further 209 Gardaí retired in the first three quarters of this year suggesting that the annual total for this year will again be below 300.