Concern over fall in Garda fleet
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.’