Con­cern over fall in Garda fleet

The Argus - - NEWS -

SINN Féin Deputy Gerry Adams has con­tacted the Min­is­ter for Jus­tice re­gard­ing the re­duc­tion in Louth Garda Síochána ve­hi­cle num­bers which was re­cently con­firmed to him.

The Sinn Féin TD said; ‘I have brought my concerns re­gard­ing the fleet of ve­hi­cles at the dis­posal of An Garda Síochána across the Louth Di­vi­sion to the at­ten­tion of the Min­is­ter for Jus­tice.

‘In July I en­quired, via par­lia­men­tary ques­tion, as to the num­ber and type of Garda ve­hi­cles at­tached to the Louth di­vi­sion.

‘ The Jus­tice Min­is­ter con­firmed that the to­tal fleet for Co Louth is cur­rently 50 ve­hi­cles.

‘ This is a re­duc­tion of 7 ve­hi­cles from 2017 and I have asked the Min­is­ter to out­line the rea­son for this re­duc­tion.

‘Lo­cal gar­daí have also in­di­cated to my col­leagues in Louth County Coun­cil that at least 1 Garda ve­hi­cle is out of com­mis­sion fol­low­ing a ram­ming in­ci­dent in Dun­dalk.

’Ad­di­tion­ally in July I wrote to the Min­is­ter en­quir­ing about the bus which had been at the dis­posal of the youth di­ver­sion­ary and com­mu­nity polic­ing unit in Dun­dalk.

‘I have still not re­ceived any re­sponse to this en­quiry.

‘ This Min­is­ter is aware of the dif­fi­cul­ties in polic­ing the bor­der area and of the crim­i­nal gangs which are op­er­at­ing on a cross bor­der ba­sis.

“It is es­sen­tial that Gar­daí in Louth are mo­bile and can re­spond to in­ci­dents and re­quests for as­sis­tance.

‘Many ru­ral Garda Sta­tions are only open for a few hours per day. In light of this it is even more es­sen­tial that the fleet in Louth is prop­erly re­sourced.’

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