There were 33 Gardai assigned to the Ardee Garda District of the Louth Division as of the end of May, according to the Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan.
The figures were revealed after the Minister replied to a parliamentary question from Louth TD Declan Breathnach regarding the number of new Garda recruits assigned to Louth since the Garda College in Templemore was reopened in 2014. The Minister has confirmed that 59 newly attested Gardai have been assigned across the three districts in the county in the last three years.
As of May 31st 2017, there were 298 Gardai stationed in Louth with 33 of them in the Ardee District. The Ardee District comprises of stations in Ardee, Castlebellingham, Collon and Louth Village.
There are 25 officers stationed in Ardee with a further five in Collon, two in Castlebellingham and one in Louth Village. These figures show there has been no change in numbers in the Ardee District since Autumn 2015.
There are currently eight fewer Gardai operating in the Ardee Garda District than there was in 2010. There are six fewer in Ardee. Throughout Louth, there are now 35 fewer officers working compared to five years ago. This is despite 59 new Templemore recruits coming in since 2014.
However, there are now 17 more Gardai operating in the county than in October 2015. Drogheda Garda Station has seen their ranks increase by three to 98 while in Dundalk Garda Station there are 14 more officers now than 20 months ago. The total figure of 298 is still some way short of the 316 officers assigned to stations across county Louth in 2010.