12 October 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Michael McDonnell

Gardai in Cootehill have had a patrol vehicle made available to them again this week, after having had to make do “on foot” since the previous car was withdrawn from the local station in July of this year.
 The move, which has been welcomed by local public representatives, effectively reverses the earlier decision that had been one of an ongoing series of cost-cutting measures being implemented around the country.
The loss of a car had prompted an outcry at the lack of such a basic facility for a town of Cootehill’s size with an extensive hinterland — including the Tullyvin area, which saw its own garda station closed in recent years.
At their September monthly meeting, Cootehill’s town councillors had formally called on the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Mr Alan Shatter TD to reverse the decision, and it is understood that the matter was also raised at the town’s Joint Policing Committee when it met in the Errigal Hotel last Monday night.
Don Smith, a member of Cootehill Town Council and President of Cootehill Chamber, said yesterday that he had been informed by garda sources that the town was being given a permanent replacement patrol car from Tuesday onwards.
It is understood that the new, van-type vehicle includes a holding cell, and is one of a number of new vehicles allocated to gardai in the wider area.
This was a very welcome development, Cllr Smith said, as it would enable …

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