Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regain Doherty, is seeking additional Garda resources for Duleek as a matter of utmost urgency.
The Meath East TD said “last night I attended a public meeting in the Parish Hall, Duleek, which was organised by Mr Martin Leddy in the wake of an arson attack on Kelly’s Pub last week.
“There was a great deal of unease and worry in the room last night and understandably so. There has been a high levels of crime in Duleek and Donore in recent months and weeks in the form of break-ins, arson attacks and anti-social behaviour.
“This morning I have asked the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner to allocate additional, and much needed, Garda resources to the Duleek area even temporarily. Current allocation of resources are not enough to act as a deterrent or a comfort to local residents and businesses..”
Continuing, Doherty said “I have made a strong case to both the Minister and the Commissioner that resources should be allocated to Duleek, not on the basis of population, but rather on the grounds that Duleek has regrettably been the victim of a ‘hot spot’ for crime in recent times.
“There are over 7 thousand people living in Duleek are they are feeling the brunt of recent increases in criminal activity.
“With nearly 100 people at the meeting last night it is clear that the community are pulling together but they need more supported through increased Garda resources. While community alert groups, CCTV and text alerts are crucial and a credit to their organisers , they cannot replace Gardai on the beat.