Louth County Council have confirmed that 42 CCTV cameras are now operational in the Moneymore estate in Drogheda.
In response to a query from Ged Nash TD during Monday evening’s remote meeting of the Drogheda Joint Policing Committee public forum, Louth County Council’s Paddy Donnelly said that the Moneymore CCTV scheme was “up and operational”, after An Garda Siochana provided technical support regarding it’s installation.
The system is based at the council’s offices at Fair Street in Drogheda, where footage from all 42 cameras can be recorded and monitored. The local authority acts as the data controller for the scheme. All footage is deleted from the system after 28 days.
At the beginning of the year, the installation of CCTV in Moneymore was made a priority as the local authority outlined a series of measures they planned to implement to improve people’s experience of living in the area in light of the deadly gangland feud in the town.
The council stressed the importance of a quick turnaround in receiving funding and having camera units installed to the Department of Justice, as they engaged on a tender process last January. The commitment had previously been given to Moneymore residents that a CCTV scheme would be installed in the sprawling estate.
An Garda Siochana identified that CCTV in Moneymore would be a deterrent to crime and enhance public safety, with the area blighted by serious crime associated with feuding gangs linked with the Drogheda drug trade.
The CCTV system is now being used to deter crime and assist with detection of crime. The estate has also been prone to illegal dumping, fly tipping and general anti social behaviour and it is anticipated the installation of the new CCTV will provide protection and reassurance to the local residents and the community.
An inter-agency committee on Moneymore was established last year, comprising of Louth County Council, the Health Service Executive (Social Inclusion Unit), Louth Meath Education Training Board, the Probation Services, North East Region Drugs and Alcohol Task Force, Tusla, Louth Leader Partnership Company, DEASP and An Garda Síochána.
The new Moneymore scheme is the fifth CCTV scheme that Louth County Council runs in residential estates in Louth – in addition to schemes in Rathmullen in Drogheda, the Woodlands halting site and Muirhevnamor and Cox Demesne in Dundalk.