Minister looks the other way on Garda resourcing issue - Imelda Munster TD
Sinn Féin TD for Louth Imelda Munster has raised the serious lack of Garda vehicles in Co. Louth with the Minister for Justice.
Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy Munster brought it to the Minister’s attention that despite commitments in the Programme for Government to strengthen community Garda resources, County Louth remains severely under-resourced, and asked him to intervene to rectify the matter.
Deputy Munster said:
“Dundalk and Drogheda are the two largest towns in the state and they only have one community policing van between them.
“There are two patrol cars to cover the entire Drogheda area – including Monasterboice, Dunleer, Clogherhead and Termonfeckin – which is a population of over 41,000.
“The situation is farcical. Gardaí in Louth have to walk, cycle or use their own cars to make house calls and carry out serious investigations.
"They cannot patrol rural areas as we approach winter, which leaves these areas vulnerable.
“This makes a mockery of community policing.
“I raised the matter with the Minister for Justice today, and he appeared to wash his hands of any responsibility and gave no commitment to resolve the problem.
"The Taoiseach didn’t appear to be concerned either, despite the fact that this situation might well be replicated across the state.
“It totally unacceptable that a Minister with direct responsibility would deflect responsibility and not address serious concerns raised about the inability of the Gardaí to carry out community policing in local areas.”