The chairperson of Louth’s Joint Policing Committee has urged members of the public to make time to attend next month’s public meeting in Ardee Parish Centre.
The Ardee Local Policing Forum public meeting – attended by local councillors, Louth County Council officials and members of An Garda Siochana – will he held in Ardee Parish Centre on Thursday evening, October 12th. The public meeting will get underway at 7.30pm. Last year, the meeting took place at The Grove House Hotel in Dunleer but one salient element of the meeting was missing – the public.
Chaired by local Sinn Fein councillor Pearse McGeough, the meeting was an opportunity for members of the Ardee and Mid-Louth community to ask questions of local Garda officials and elected officials in regards to policing matters in the area. But, no members of the public attended.
“We don’t want that to happen again,” McGeough told ThisIsArdee.ie on Wednesday. “I think it’s a very important meeting. The public have a role in community policing. Obviously, it’s a two-way approach. It’s not solely the Gardai, the community have a role. There are issues in the community that have to be addressed.
“There’s approximately 14 community alert schemes and community safety committees in the Mid-Louth area and they are providing a valuable role in their communities. Obviously we would like to see representatives of those groups there,” he continued.
“I would encourage as many people as are available to come along to this meeting in the Parish Centre in Ardee. McGeough also urged anyone who may have questions or queries for Garda officers or councillors, to send them as soon as possible to ensure answers can be provided on the night.
“It may be useful if anyone has questions to get onto us before the meeting so the Gardai and others can give comprehensive replies to them,” he said. “That would be helpful. I would appeal to as many as possible to come along. I feel it is a very important meeting.”
At the end of last year’s meeting in Dunleer, the chair said “the attendance did not reflect the contents of the meeting.”