Sinn Féin

11/23/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/23/2018 09:12

Additional temporary Gardaí for Drogheda welcome, but temporary measures are not the solution - Imelda Munster TD

23 November, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Imelda Munster has welcomed the announcement of eighteen new Garda recruits who have been deployed to the Drogheda area on a temporary basis over the Christmas period. The Deputy has also commented that temporary additional resources are not the solution to the escalating gangland feud in Drogheda.

Deputy Munster said;

'I have been calling for additional resources for the Drogheda area for some time now, long before the escalation of the ongoing feud in the town.

'Any additional resources are to be welcomed, and I am glad to see Garda management taking action on this matter. It is long overdue and badly needed.'

'It is very unfortunate that the situation had to escalate into a crisis before the matter was addressed, however, and temporary additional Gardaí in the short term is not enough to resolve the issues in the town.

'Gardaí locally have been starved of resources, and the only solution to this is the deployment of additional permanent Gardaí. Had the force been sufficiently resourced all along it is likely that the current crisis would have been averted.

'The people of Drogheda deserve to feel safe and secure in their own homes in their own locality. It is not acceptable for this lawlessness to continue.

'I am repeating my call for additional long-term resources to be allocated to Drogheda, and I hope that this will be forthcoming in the very near future.'

ENDS