Confirmation to changes in Garda Division concerning – Smyth

 

BOI NiamhFianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth, says she has grave concerns as it is confirmed the Cavan-Monaghan Garda Division will be merged with Louth.

  

She commented, “I have concerns that the merging of our Garda Division with Louth will see us form a super Division. I have fears services will be stretched too far to cope with the size of the Division.

 

“I believe any such move to consolidate resources is a further underhand way by Government to dilute services and will only put our Gardaí in the Border Region under further pressure.

 

“We in the border region have our own unique requirements for Garda services. These requirements will only jump in demand if we have a no deal Brexit. With a little over two months until the October 31st deadline we do not know what the situation on the border will be.

 

“This week an explosive device detonated on the A3 Cavan Road. Both Gardaí and PSNI officers responded. I fear this reckless activity will increase as uncertainty and unease grows over Brexit. It is imperative we have robust Garda resources during this time.

 

“I would ask the Minister for Justice to ensure that any savings made from the new Divisions should be reinvested into frontline Garda resources in our area,” she concluded.

-ENDS-

 

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