Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has this week asked Minister for Justice Charles Flanagan to address the shortage of Gardaí in Louth, especially ahead of the Fleadh Cheoil in August.
Speaking in the Dáil chamber Deputy Munster asked Minister Flanagan to honour the commitment made by government regarding a strong and visible police force.
Minister Flanagan agreed to convey Deputy Munster’s concerns to the Garda Commissioner regarding personnel shortages in Louth.
Deputy Munster said:
“The government is failing to honour its commitment on Garda numbers. This is very obvious in Co. Louth.
“Louth’s Garda force is short several key personnel, and there are serious concerns in the county about this.
“There is a shortage of sergeants and inspectors locally.
“The Fleadh Cheoil is coming to Drogheda in August, and with it will come over 400,000 visitors to the town.
“Garda leave has been cancelled for the duration of the Fleadh, but Drogheda is still short of Gardai including supervisory Gardai.
“We need to have confidence that there are enough Gardai to manage the crowds and to be in a position to respond should there be an incident. We need to prepare for all eventualities.”