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Quinlivan elected Vice-Chair of Limerick City Joint Policing Committee

29 October, 2009


Sinn Féin Councillor Maurice Quinlivan was this afternoon elected Vice-Chairperson of the Limerick City Joint Policing Committee. Councillor Quinlivan immediately took the opportunity to announce that he will be proposing that the Committee hold a series of public meetings in communities throughout Limerick to give local people an input into the fight against crime in those areas.

Councillor Quinlivan today got the agreement of the Committee to hold a public meeting to discuss the drugs problem in Limerick with a particular emphasis on the heroin problem.

Speaking this afternoon after his appointment Councillor Quinlivan said:

“I am honoured to have been appointed to the position of Vice-Chairperson of the Limerick City Joint Policing Committee today.

“My key priority on the Committee will be to use it as a tool in the fight against drugs, organised crime and anti-social behaviour. We have all seen the extent of the crime problem here in Limerick and I would hope that this committee can provide a platform for the communities most affected to have an input in the fight against crime.

“I am keen to ensure that the Limerick City JPC reaches out to the communities most affected by drugs and crime here in Limerick and I will be encouraging members of those communities to engage as fully as possible with the Committee.

“It is essential that the communities give their account of the problems in their areas and offer their views of the best way to address those problems. It is even more essential that the Joint Policing Committee listens to what they are being told and take it on board when developing plans to tackle these problems.

“As part of this approach I will be proposing that the Limerick City Joint Policing Committee holds a series of public meetings in communities throughout Limerick in order to ensure proper dialogue and engagement between the committee and those suffering the effects of crime.

“Today I got the agreement of the Committee to hold a public meeting on the drug problem in Limerick with a particular emphasis on the heroin problem. I look forward to a positive engagement with the public on this issue and hope to see the meeting take place at the earliest opportunity.” ENDS

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