Justice Minister gives assurances that Lunney attack is being prioritised by Gardaí – Smyth

LUNNEY PLSmyth seeks review of local garda resources 

The Justice Minister has confirmed to Cavan Monaghan TD Niamh Smyth that the inquiry in to the abduction and torture of businessman Kevin Lunney is being urgently prioritised by Gardai.

“This afternoon in the Dáil Minister Charlie Flanagan told me this case is being urgently prioritised. Investigations are continuing into the assault and I want to commend the Gardaí and the PSNI on their efforts to date,” said Deputy Smyth.

“However, I have also called on the Minister to review the opening hours of Ballyconnell Garda station and the provision of Garda resources in Cavan-Monaghan.”

Deputy Smyth continued, “Like everyone in our community I am horrified by the barbaric attack on Mr. Lunney. These deplorable actions have no place in our society and the past week has shown this  will not be tolerated. I believe that that the Government need to restore confidence and security to the region by showing the public their serious about supporting Gardaí and the PSNI. Therefore I have asked the Minister to review the opening hours of Ballyconnell Garda Station which was downgraded in August 2017 from a 24 hour Garda Station. I have questioned the Minister about the need for a specialised unit to deal with such incidents in the Border Region.”

It was announced in December 2017 that Bawnboy Garda Station would be reopening. The last we heard was that planning was required to carry out works before this station can be functional. While the other end of the county Bailieborough Garda Station is still in limbo with no end in sight for its completion after being announced in 2015. It’s simply outrageous and not good enough.”

“I have to commend the Gardaí who are doing their very best in investigating this attack and bringing those who committed this crime to justice. However, I have long believed we need an increase in Garda resources. Not just in preparation for Brexit but due to an increase in dissident activity in our constituency and neighbouring counties and a rise in organised crime.

“Today I have again raised these issues with the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan. The Government need to quell fears in the area following this savage attack. In this case actions speak louder than words. It’s time the Government started delivering, “concluded Deputy Smyth.

Please find video link attached from Dáil proceedings today: https://youtu.be/IxUbVP898I0

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