Adams welcomes High Court decision to back GSOC in Omeath case

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the decision by the High Court to instruct the Special Criminal Court to hand over transcripts of proceedings before the Special Criminal Court relating to Adrian Crevan Mackin who shot dead Garda Tony Golden in October 2015.

Teachta Gerry Adams said:

“Crevan Mackin shot dead Garda Tony Golden in October 2015. He also shot and grievously wounded Siobhan Philips, before killing himself.

Crevan Mackin was previously arrested in January 2015 in possession of explosives and firearms, which he admitted. He was not charged with these offences but instead with an offence he had denied. He was granted bail in the Special Criminal Court.

I have raised my concerns about the manner in which Adrian Crevan Mackin was dealt with by the Garda, the many offences which he admitted to but he was not charged with, the low bail that was set, and his access to other weapons, with the Minister for Justice and An Taoiseach.  

In April the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) agreed to initiate a public interest investigation into these matters after I wrote to it and presented it with papers that I had received relating to the case.

At the time I gave these papers to the investigating officer in the Garda, to GSOC, to the former and current Taoiseach and to the former and current Minister of Justice.

The decision by the Special Criminal Court to refuse to hand over to GSOC the transcripts of proceedings involving Crevan Mackin was incomprehensible. That one part of the justice system would refuse to cooperate with another is a matter of grave concern.

Public accountability and public confidence in the rule of law and the institutions of policing and justice are essential. GSOC should never have been forced to go to the High Court”.

Kenneth Flood: Reinvigorated Neighbourhood Watch Programme Needed

kenneth-floodSinn Féin Councillor and Chairperson of Drogheda Municipal District Joint Policing Committee Kenneth Flood has called for a reinvigorated Neighbourhood Watch Programme for The Drogheda Municipal District Area.

Cllr. Flood said, “Although there was a drop in the rate of crime in Louth last year we can never become complacent. Crime still needs to be fought and Neighbourhood Watch, Community Alert and Text Alert Schemes give the public their chance to play their part in that fight.
To give an example, one area of South County Dublin saw a 68% drop in the burglary rate after a Neighbourwatch Scheme was set up. That’s a huge achievement.
In figures released last July, in the Louth Garda Division, there were 190 recorded burglary offences. That is still an unacceptable figure. I believe we can cut that figure further by having all areas covered by Neighbourhood Watch, Community Alert or Text Alert Schemes.
I have raised this issue at the Louth Joint Policing Committee Steering Committee and everyone in attendance was in favour of expanding these schemes but the request to start them must come from the residents in any particular area. Residents must be the initiators of any new scheme.

Therefore, I am asking anyone who is interested in beginning a neighbourhood watch scheme or rejuvenating a dormant scheme, to contact me or the community garda’s office so we can begin the process of setting up these schemes and play our part in reducing crime”.