Deputy Ged Nash (left) and the authour of the report on Crime in Drogheda Vivian Geiran.
Deputy Ged Nash has received assurances from Department of Justice officials that a plan for the implementation of the recommendations made by Vivian Geiran aimed at improving community safety and wellbeing in Drogheda will be ready by the end of the month.
Mr. Geiran’s report on Crime in Drogheda, which was widely welcomed when it was published in March, contained over 70 recommendations in areas such as crime prevention, youth services, drug addiction, education, infrastructure, community development and local government.
It also called for significant investment in services for the town to address the ongoing problems with drugs related crime and gang activity.
As is the way with these thing though, making recommendations is one thing but their implementation can take some time, especially as it entails discussions and co-operation between several Government Departments.
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However, Department of Justice officials have confirmed to local Labour TD, Ged Nash, that the implementation plan for the Geiran review will be completed by the end of this month.
“Cllr. Pio Smith and I led the way on the need for a multi-agency response to gang crime and the impact that addiction, deprivation and crime more generally was having on individuals, families and communities in our area” Deputy Nash said.
“This initiative led to the appointment of Vivian Geiran to undertake a scoping exercise and the publication of his series of recommendations based on his research with community organisations and agencies active in the area.
“Last Friday, officials from the Department of Justice confirmed to me that the implementation plan will be ready by the end of June.
“It is critically important that the multi-agency implementation team is set up without any further delay and the very first steps should involve the delivery of promised funding for Red Door, the provision of additional resources for our local schools as an interim measure pending their designation as DEIS Band 1 schools and real movement on the community facility proposed for Moneymore.”
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