The provision and service of An Garda Siochana in the Ardee district will not be diluted or scaled down when the new changes are made to Garda Divisions in the region, according to Fine Gael councillor and Ardee Municipal District cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue.
Cllr Minogue put a question to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris last Friday at the combined Joint Policing Committee meeting in Dunleer, where the Commissioner was present to answer questions about the divisional restructure.
She asked Harris whether, with a new Cavan/Monaghan/Louth Divisional headquarters to be based in Drogheda, Ardee would suffer in it’s shadow. “I hope the service in Ardee is not diluted, and by that I mean we keep our Superintendent,” she said. “Ardee is growing as a town. We have issues that need to be addressed.
In response, Harris told Cllr Minogue that there would be five Superintendents and they would be dispersed around the division. “I don’t want them all in the one building. It will be down to the Chief Superintendent to decide where they go.”
Speaking to LouthNow.ie on Monday, Cllr Minogue says she was satisfied with the Commissioner’s response. “I was satisfied with it. I wouldn’t be scared that service in Ardee will be diluted because of the headquarters in Drogheda,” she said. I would be quite confident that we will keep our Superintendent.
“Any new change is concerning but I would hope that Ardee is still recognised. It’s a whole new set up, so until we see it actually working. I was quite confident from Commissioner Harris that Ardee won’t suffer. I am not afraid that Ardee will be swallowed up in the bigger programme.
“I think we will gain more Gardai. That is what we want. A new community policing approach on the ground and more visibility is what is needed. I’m glad I asked the question and I’m happy with the response but we have to see the programme rolled out. It’s early days.”