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Adams meets senior Gardaí in North Louth

4 November, 2011

The Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Gerry Adams, MP for Newry Armagh Conor Murphy and Councillor Jim Loughran, this afternoon met with senior Garda representatives in North Louth.

The meeting, which was held in Dundalk Garda station, was requested by Gerry Adams TD to discuss the concern in local communities about robberies and burglaries by cross border gangs.
A meeting with the PSNI will also be requested in the near future.

Speaking after today’s meeting Mr. Adams described it as “very useful and informative”.

The Louth TD said:

“The meeting with An Garda Siochána was at my request. My colleagues and I raised with them our concerns around a range of serious issues, including the trade in illegal drugs; burglaries, particularly those targeted at the elderly and vulnerable; the visibility of the Gardaí in some localities; and the activities of cross border gangs.

“We also discussed Garda resources and capacity and co-operation with the PSNI in the north.

“There is a particular concern in border communities at the ability of gangs to engage in criminality in the north and then escape to the south and vice versa. This is a serious problem which needs a joined up approach by both police services.

“The issue of human trafficking and enforced prostitution was also discussed. This is a growing problem at European level but also in Ireland and it requires an island-wide response.

“Today’s meeting was very useful and informative and it is the intention of Sinn Féin and An Garda Siochána to continue to meet on a regular basis to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.”

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