Louth Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has accused Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan of leaving Drogheda vulnerable to warring drug gangs due to a lack of local Gardai.
Teachta Munster has written to the Minister for Justice today following the latest incident where a man was shot in broad daylight in Drogheda yesterday.
Speaking this afternoon Teachta Munster said; “The ongoing feud between drug gangs in Drogheda escalated this week, when a man was shot in the neck in the middle of the day in a public car park at a retail park.
“This is the second shooting in recent months and we have also seen intimidation, physical attacks, kidnappings, threats and attacks on homes. “I raised this with Minister Flanagan before Christmas, in particular the under-resourcing of Gardai in the locality.
“Eventually 18 additional Gardai were allocated for the Christmas period. I said at the time that it was vital that these resources remain in the town after Christmas.
“However this allocation of Gardaí was stripped back in January and left us with only three additional Gardai – nowhere near sufficient enough to deal with this feud.
“I have written to the Minister and have demanded that extra Garda resources are made available to Drogheda to crack down on this feud. He needs to listen. This is too serious an issue for the government to dismiss.
“The people of Drogheda are living in fear.”