CONCERN OVER DEPLETION OF LOCAL GARDA RESOURCES AS 17 OFFICERS TRANSFERRED TO CO LOUTH

23 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has been asked to review the adequacy of policing resources in counties Monaghan and Cavan following the transfer of 17 officers from the local division to take up duties in Co Louth.

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan/Monaghan Brendan Smith appealed to the Justice Minister to ensure that Garda divisions across the Border were properly resourced.

His call came following the confirmation that 17 officers from the Cavan/Monaghan Division are being transferred to Louth.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan announced on Monday that she had directed a total of 25 additional uniformed Gardaí to Dundalk Garda Station to support frontline policing and uniform patrols.

It subsequently emerged that 17 of the officers were being drawn from Cavan/Monaghan, which is regarded as the most depleted division in the country in light of a 22% reduction in Garda personnel there since a moratorium on recruitment was imposed.

The strengthening of Garda numbers in Dundalk comes in the wake of the fatal shooting of Garda Tony Golden, who lost his life when investigating a domestic disturbance …

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