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Wednesday, 22nd January 2020

Council gives a commitment to Moneymore community

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Mairead Davis, the then manager the Connect Family Resource Centre in Moneymore pictured with The former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, John Lonergan, and Garda Sergeant Donal McGivern at a meeting in May 2019 at which Community leaders in Moneymore called for a state of the art community Centre to be built in the area. Photo: Andy Spearman.

The Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin, has given a commitment that Louth County Council and other agencies will implement a raft of measures, including the reinstatement of the CCTV system, to improve the quality of life in the Moneymore area. 

Ms Martin was speaking following a meeting on Friday last, 17th January, of an inter-agency committee which was established in 2019 in response to the violent gang feud in Drogheda, following an escalation of violence in the town. 

The committee, which is chaired Ms Martin and draws membership from a range of local statutory and development agencies*, has agreed to increase monitoring and implementation of the actions identified by the committee, based on the concerns of local residents. 

Following the meeting of the inter-agency committee, Ms Martin said: “Tragically, the Drogheda feud has escalated with devastating impact, and has cost the lives of three people. The reputation of Drogheda has also suffered and we need to work together to support and implement actions to repair this damage. 

“As part of the committee’s work, in January 2019, we met with representatives from the Moneymore area.  We gave a commitment that local agencies would work collaboratively to deliver on a series of actions that would improve people’s experience of living in the area.  To date the completed actions include:

  • Various community enhancements including: Upgrade of public lighting in the area/traffic road markings reinstated/graffiti removed/increased street cleansing activity for the area.
  • A feasibility study that strongly made the social case for a new community centre.
  • Health and Wellbeing workshops for frontline workers in the area.
  • Drug-related intimidation programme delivered.
  • Securing of additional funding for the area’s Family Resource Centre to assist with counselling support for youth.
  • Sharing of information on services and continued networking by members on relevant programmes/initiatives.
  • Additional PLC places secured for the local Institute of Further Education.

She added: “A commitment was also given to the Moneymore community that CCTV would be reintroduced in the area. Louth County Council is currently engaged in a tender process for the awarding of a contract to re-instate CCTV into Moneymore and other areas, and provision to fund this scheme is with the Government.  Priority is being attached to this important action.” 

In his contribution to Friday’s meeting, Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan said that he was satisfied with the level of policing resources at his disposal, and said that An Garda Síochána will continue to provide effective policing for the people of Drogheda. 

However, he said that in addition to policing, inter-agency work and collaboration in areas such as infrastructure improvements, community development initiatives, educational opportunities, peer education training, supporting families, counselling and the provision of drugs services were also required to reduce the impacts and instances of feuding. 

*The local agencies involved in this collaboration include 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, An Garda Síochána and Louth County Council.

Responding to today's announcement Deputy Fergus O'Dowd said the CCTV system for Moneymore has been brought up as a major issue by all representatives, community leaders and An Gardai over the last 18 months and will bring much needed support to residents and to the Gardai.

“The Inter agency has confirmed the tendering process is underway and the funding is with Government.

“An Taoiseach and The Minister for Justice committed to funding the scheme when the application was received and it is my job now to make sure that happens urgently.

“I welcome the news but find the timeline very frustrating as I believe this all could have been achieved in 2019, I was dismayed late in 2019 to find that an application for the system had still not been submitted.

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