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Saturday, 8th June 2019

Drogheda to get 25 new Gardai immediately

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New recruits will help create a more confident environment for all - O'Dowd

Fine Gael TD, Fergus O’Dowd, has welcomed the allocation of 25 new Gardai to the Drogheda division. Making the announcement yesterday Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said: “These newly attested members will help strengthen the Garda response to gang violence and increase public safety in their communities.”

The Gardai will be assigned to the division following the attestation ceremony that took place in Templemore yeterday. An additional five Gardai will be assigned to the Ardee and Dundalk stations. 30 Gardai in total have been assigned to the Louth Division. 

O’Dowd said “These new recruits will be warmly welcomed to Drogheda and will provide a significant boost in the fight against the criminality that we have experienced in Drogheda over recent times.” 

“I’m proud of my town and I firmly believe that these new recruits will help create a more confident environment for all of our residents, recent scaremongering has caused unnecessary fear in a town that is widely known to be very safe.” 

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O’Dowd added “Having recently met in Drogheda with the Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, and Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan TD,  I believe the people of Drogheda have been listened to and I look forward to meeting the new recruits.” 

  • The Government has put in place a plan for an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 comprising 15,000 Garda members, 2,000 Reserve members and 4,000 civilians. 
  • This is the second of three attestations scheduled to take place this year which will see approximately 600 new Garda members attesting and being posted to mainstream policing duties in communities across the country. 
  • The total Garda strength rose to over 14,000 by the end of 2018 for the first time since 2011. 
  • This investment in personnel is complemented by substantial investment in resources across the board for An Garda Síochána. A total budget of €1.76 billion has been provided to An Garda Síochána in Budget 2019, an increase of €110m on 2018.
  • This funding will support the Commissioner’s decision to recruit 600 more Gardaí in 2019 along with necessary civilian Garda staff.
  • The Garda capital allocation has increased from €61 million to €92 million in 2019, a 50% increase.
  • This will facilitate investment of around €65 million in ICT .In addition, the Budget provides for a further €10 million investment in the Transport Fleet and €17 million in the Garda Building Programme.

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