Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, with Garda Commissioner Harris at Slane Garda Station yesterday. Photo: Fran Caffrey/Newsfile.
The Chairman of The Drogheda Joint Policing Committee, Councillor James Byrne, is to write to the newly appointed Minister for Justice Helen McEntee to ask her to visit Drogheda in the near future.
Councillor Byrne told a meeting of the JPC held yesterday afternoon via zoom that he had in fact already written to Ms McEntee in a personal capacity to congratulate her on her appointment and to make her conscious of the budgetary pressures that the Gardaí in Drogheda are experiencing.
“I will write to her again in my capacity of Chair of the JPC to formally invite her to visit the town” he said.
Councillor Byrne was responding to a request from Deputy Fergus O’Dowd who asked that Minister McEntee be invited to meet with local representatives and Garda personnel to discuss the ongoing organised crime activity and other policing issues.
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Earlier yesterday the new Minister for Justice met the Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, at Slane Garda Station and took the opportunity to address recent incidents in Drogheda.
“I want to reassure people that we are redoubling our efforts to tackle criminality in the Drogheda area” Minister McEntee said.
“My Department works closely with Garda Youth Diversion Projects in the area, and will be providing additional supports to help young people who are at risk.
“It’s really important that we all work closely with An Garda Síochána in this regard, and the Commissioner has assured me that this is one of his priorities.”
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