Bomb threats in Cavan and Monaghan an attack on our people and communities - Senator Reilly
Sinn Fein Senator Kathryn Reilly has called the recent bomb threats in Cavan and Monaghan a disgrace and stated that they are an attack on our people, our communities, the democratic process, and civilised society as a whole.
Senator Reilly said:
“Earlier this week there was a suspect device was found in Virginia District Court. The Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team of the Army was called whereupon the device was discovered to have been an elaborate hoax. Nonetheless the device was described as a two-and-a-half-foot pipe with a sizeable package on the top, which has been taped over with black insulation tape with an oval-shaped timer device attached.
“To think that a District Court could be targeted in this way is shocking. Those present and working in the courthouse as well as those in the vicinity were put in fear for their lives by a vile act that has no place in civilised society.
“An even more sinister act took place in Monaghan yesterday as a viable bomb with the potential to cause death or serious injury was discovered in Ballybay.
“The Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team of the Army was again called to the scene and thankfully the scene was made safe.
“Again, as in Cavan, this incident has terrified residents in the area. Such an act is a disgrace; it is an attack on our people, our communities, the democratic process, and civilised society as a whole.
“I would implore anyone with information on either of these heinous crimes to report it to the Gardaí immediately.
“This incident has also shone the spotlight back on the closure of Garda staions and reduction in number of Gardaí in Cavan and Monaghan. There has been a reduction in 10 Garda stations in the constituency since 2006 and Garda numbers have dropped leaving people feeling vulnerable and isolated in our communities.
“There are serious fears about the ability of the Gardaí to provide the standard of policing as demanded and necessitated by the public. These concerns have also been expressed by the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI).
“It is against this backdrop that we see the creation of environment in which crime is increasing.
“With no plans to reopen any stations this year and with Garda numbers below pre-recession levels, local Fine Gael TDs need to come clean on their plans to tackle crime and to protect local communities. There needs to be a commitment to re-open Garda stations and to bring Garda levels back to pre-crisis levels in order to protect our people and communities from attacks such as those that happened in Virginia and Ballybay.
“Again, I would urge anyone with information on either of these heinous crimes, or any crime for that matter, to report it to the Gardaí immediately.”