All burglaries in one of the largest towns in the Justice Ministers constituency over the first six months of this year have remained unsolved..

There have been 50 break ins in Kells since March and not one has been successfully solved.

Aontú leader Peadar Toibín who unearthed the shocking figures from justice minister Helen McEntee’s office after he sent them a series of questions has described the situation as horrendous.

He blasted, ‘ There has been a zero detection rate which basically means the criminals have an open door to do as they please.

‘The government is failing to provide adequate police numbers to prevent it and insufficient detectives to solve the crimes when they happen, it is horrendous to think this is happening on the minister’s doorstep.

‘New figures show that Meath remains the county with the least number of Gardaí per head of population.

There is currently one member of the force for every 668 people in the county, well above the national average of one Garda for every 427 people.

The figure for Co. Meath is also almost double that of Co. Louth, which has one Garda for every 344 people.