Louth TD Gerry Adams along with Cllrs Jim Loughran and Edel Corrigan met with Superintendent Gerry Curley at Dundalk Garda Station last Friday afternoon.
Many issues were discussed including the investigation into the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, the increase in the numbers of burglaries, drug related crimes, cross border policing and community safety.
Speaking after the meeting Cllr Jim Loughran said: “I am disappointed at the lack of progress in respect of the roll out of Community Text Alert Schemes, however I now hope that a better structure can be put in place to help co-ordination between An Garda Síochána and Community Safety Groups. I have asked that Quarterly meetings be held between rural community alert groups and Garda representatives similar to those that are already in place for Urban Areas.
“We discussed the increase of drug related crimes. Many addicts become involved in crime, particularly theft, in order to feed their addiction. We need more to be done to crack down on the issue of drug dealing in order to prevent further related drug crimes.”
Cllr Edel Corrigan said: “There appears to an alarming increase in burglaries throughout Dundalk and the surrounding areas. Teachta Adams has submitted a series of PQs (Parliamentary Questions) to the Minister for Justice seeking information on this and on available Garda resources in the region.
“A number of the burglaries are believed to be carried out by criminal groups that use the border corridor to their advantage. Many gangs now travel along the main motorway between Dublin and Belfast and target areas like Dundalk as they can quickly escape back onto a main road and be miles away within minutes.
“I would appeal to citizens to be vigilant and ensure their homes and vehicles are secure at all times. I would especially appeal to everyone to look out for those most vulnerable in our communities, particularly our elderly.”
Gerry Adams TD said;
“I would once again appeal to anyone with information, however small or apparently insignificant, in respect of the murder of Adrian Donohoe, to bring that forward to the Garda or the PSNI.
“No effort should be spared to bring those responsible before the courts. Anyone with information can contact the Incident Room in Dundalk Garda Station 042-9388400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111, any Garda Station or the PSNI on 04890-650222 or 0845-6008000 (from the North of Ireland)