Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the decision of the Garda Commissioner to allocate 25 new Gardaí recruits to Drogheda ,adding to the frontline Services so urgently needed to respond to respond to the ongoing drug related crimes in the County.
Teachta Adams said:
“The significant and ongoing escalation in violence and intimidation by drug gangs demands a robust response from adequately resourced Garda services in Louth.
I therefore welcome the announcement of additional Garda.
However, the drug crisis and the associated violence it brings from gangs extends beyond Drogheda.
In order to tackle the crisis effectively it needs to be adequately resourced in a holistic way.
It must include support services for drug addiction , mental health services .
In recent months my colleagues on Louth County Council and I have dealt with a number of families in the north Louth area that have been the victims of threats and attacks from these drug gangs.
We have also been working closely with the Louth Garda Division who have bluntly told us that Louth needs more Gardaì and support services .
I have recently urged An Taoiseach to commit to providing a significant increase in additional Gardaí resources from the upcoming budget.
Additional resources must be allocated fairly across the constituency.”