20 March 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

Chief Superintendent John O’Reilly, of the Cavan Monaghan Division, who is based in Monaghan, spoke to The Northern Standard this week about the Garda response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He observed that Monaghan was ahead of the curve when it came to preparedness.

“As and from 7am last Monday in Cavan Monaghan, we increased our operational strength by reducing five working units to four (less units more manpower), which assisted with maintaining a visible presence in our communities.

“In addition, as and from next Monday we are being allocated an additional 11 young Gardaí from Templemore to augment our divisional operational strength. Our priority is community safety and from my perspective as Chief Superintendent for Monaghan and Cavan, I want to ensure the safety of all of my Garda staff taking full cognisance of the HSE guidelines that are in the public domain.

“This pandemic is not for one agency to manage. It’s for every single individual to take individual and collective responsibility for their wellbeing and that of their family and friends. The Health Service have, and will step-up dramatically to deal with the serious health issues that are presented and An Garda Síochána will be on hand at all times to support them in any way possible.

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