Fine Gael councillor Colm Markey has called on more Gardai to be stationed in Dunleer, as the new Ravel Grange estate has brought 80 new homes to the area.
The representative made his remarks during Thursday’s Joint Policing Committee forum for the Ardee and Dunleer areas. He acknowledged the increase in resources in Drogheda but queried whether it was possible to reassign some officers to the mid-Louth town.
“We got additional resources in the Drogheda and Clogherhead district and we had to use them very immediately with the feud, when it was it its worst,” Drogheda Superintendent Andrew Watters, with responsibility for Dunleer, said. “The feud hasn’t gone away but we are in a better position than we were 12 or 18 months ago, so we’re looking at increasing the numbers in Dunleer and Clogherhead.”
Supt Watters said even one or two more officers stationed in Dunleer would “go a long way.” Currently, Dunleer Garda Station currently comprises of one sergeant – John Heavey – and five officers.
“It is certainly being considered,” he said. 80-new social houses in Dunleer were completed earlier this summer. The two, three and four bedroom properties have been allocated to families and individuals on the Council’s social housing list.”
Meanwhile, Ardee Municipal District councillors have allocated €19,000 of their annual discretionary fund to set up a new app-based text alert system to be rolled out in the Ardee and Mid-Louth area.
“The app they are using in Monaghan has been very beneficial,” Ardee Superintendent James O’Leary said. The app, as used by the Monaghan JPC, is called Komeer.