The installation of CCTV in Moneymore, Drogheda will be made a priority, Louth County Council say, as the local authority have outlined a series of measures they plan to implement to improve people’s experience of living in the area in light of the deadly gangland feud in the town.
An inter-agency meeting was held with concerned residents from the Moneymore estate last Friday. The meeting involved representatives from the HSE’s Social Inclusion Unit, the Louth Meath Education Training Board, the Probation Services, North East Region Drugs and Alcohol Task Force, Tusla, the Louth Leader Partnership Company, An Garda Síochána and Louth County Council.
The meeting heard that the local authority have already looked at the feasibility of a brand new Moneymore Community Centre while the council also said they have installed improved street lighting, delivered a drug-related intimidation programme and secured additional funding for the local Family Resource Centre.
More PLC places have been secured for residents at the Drogheda Institute of Further Education while a a programme of infrastructure works are ongoing in the area.
“Tragically, the Drogheda feud has escalated with devastating impact, and has cost the lives of three people,” Joan Martin, Louth County Council Chief Executive Joan Martin, who chaired the meeting, said. “The reputation of Drogheda has also suffered and we need to work together to support and implement actions to repair this damage.
“As part of the committee’s work, in January 2019, we met with representatives from the Moneymore area. We gave a commitment that local agencies would work collaboratively to deliver on a series of actions that would improve people’s experience of living in the area.”
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Martin said that while CCTV won’t be installed immediately, the local authority will stress the importance of a quick turnaround in receiving funding and having camera units installed.
“A commitment was also given to the Moneymore community that CCTV would be reintroduced in the area,” Martin continued. “Louth County Council is currently engaged in a tender process for the awarding of a contract to re-instate CCTV into Moneymore and other areas, and provision to fund this scheme is with the Government. Priority is being attached to this important action.”
LouthNow.ie has queried who will be the data controller for the CCTV scheme in Moneymore but we received no reply by the time this story was published.
Chief Superintendent for Louth Christy Mangan also addressed the meeting where he assured locals he was satisfied with the level of resources at his disposal in Drogheda and across Louth. However, Chief Supt Mangan said that he believed more collaborative and social-based work was needed to help alleviate problems in the area.
He said that infrastructure improvements, community development initiatives, educational opportunities, peer education training, supporting families, counselling and the provision of drugs services were also required to reduce the impacts and instances of feuding.
UPDATE: Louth County Council have confirmed to LouthNow.ie this afternoon that they will be the data controller of the CCTV system when in place in Moneymore.