Adams welcomes opening of Louth An Garda Síochána Protective Services Unit

TD for Louth and East Meath Gerry Adams has said that the opening of a new unit dedicated to the investigation of domestic abuse, sexual crime, online child exploitation, prostitution and human trafficking is a very welcome step for the protection of women and children in Louth.

Gerry Adams said; “This new premises in Castlebellingham will be staffed by two sergeants and ten detectives and I commend Chief Superintendent for Louth Christopher Mangan and all those who worked on delivering this facility.

“I was delighted to meet representatives of Women’s Aid Dundalk and Drogheda, Rape Crisis North East and Ruhama at today’s launch as well as speaking with some of the Gardaí who will be working in the new Protective Services Unit.

“I understand that the Gardaí working in this unit have undergone a specialist training programme and that is welcome. However I did raise concerns at the opening with the level of training provided for all rank and file Gardaí regarding recently introduced Domestic Violence Act.

“The opening of Louth Protective Services Unit is likely to result in an increase in

presentations from people affected at other local garda stations. “For this reason I urged that private areas be provided in other stations where victims can give details of their experience in a therapeutic and private setting. “I am due to meet with Chief Superintendent Mangan later this month and I hope to discuss these matters further then.”