Cork city has gone to the dogs.

Buddy was breathalysed on his way in to work yesterday morning. He said the Garda was almost apologetic for pulling him over and administering the random breath test. "We need it for our numbers" was his comment apparently.
Same at music festivals. Pulling people on drug offenses and filing half of them.

Increased garda patrols leading up to Christmas but back to business as usual in January.

Fair play to the guards for having a visible presence on the streets for one month of the year anyway. 🤔
This is one thing I can never understand particularly at weekends, trouble happens in the same hotspots in town for years, why do they wait for something to happen then react rather then being visible and preventing it in the first place.

Would it be so hard to have a few teams of 2 guards on foot/bike,

1 team patrolling grand parade, north/south main street, Washington street area,
Another on Oliver Plunket street/south mall area
Another Patrick Street/North Quays
All teams backed up with 1/2 cars and or paddy wagon circulating.

Between Toger, Gurran, Anglsea st & the bridewell station surely they could get 8-10 guards on Friday/Sat nights at key locations & times (pubs closing) for a few hours.

Is the staffing levels so bad the above wouldn't be feasible?
Johnny McEvoy
Cork Opera House, Emmet Place, Cork

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