Gar­dai praised for role in the 2018 Fleadh

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

DROGHEDA gar­dai have been con­grat­u­lated for their part in the suc­cess of the 2018 Fleadh Cheoil.

The com­mu­nity polic­ing ap­proach of the lo­cal ser­vice was praised by a num­ber of speak­ers at the Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing in the d Ho­tel.

‘It was fan­tas­tic and safety was para­mount for those at­tend­ing the event and with Louth CC, they did a great job. Their par­tic­i­pa­tion was sec­ond to none and they even played a bit of Ir­ish mu­sic,’ Cllr Richie Cul­hane stated.

Supt An­drew Wat­ters con­firmed that over 500,000 at­tended the eight day event and there were 39 ar­rests, at least 25 of those reg­u­lar of­fend­ers.

‘It was a huge suc­cess for ev­ery­one and the town and the peo­ple of Drogheda de­serve great credit. They sup­ported all the agen­cies and I’d have to thank the coun­cil and the likes of the vint­ners and hote­liers.’

Cllr Pio Smith said he hadn’t heard one com­plaint and it was ‘a great ex­am­ple of com­mu­nity polic­ing on a large scale.’

Cllr David Sau­rin also praised the gar­dai for the way in which they han­dled the event. ‘It wasn’t a heavy pres­ence and that added to the ex­pe­ri­ence.’

The sight of the gar­dai danc­ing out­side Hur­ley’s shop was a highlight Fer­gus O’Dowd TD, he added.

Supt An­drew Wat­ters at the Fleadh

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