A file photo of the then Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD speaking at the official opening of the Drogheda psychiatric in-patient unit at Crosslanes in September 2016.
Deputy Fergus O’Dowd has welcomed the election of Meath TD Helen McEntee to the position of Minister for Justice saying that he will be meeting her shortly to press home the need for swift action on the recently agreed action plan for Drogheda.
The Drogheda TD said that he will be putting Drogheda’s “ongoing Department of Justice requirements” firmly on the table of newly appointed Minister for Justice.
“I would like to congratulate my colleague Minister Helen McEntee on her appointment as Minister for Justice” O’Dowd said. “This is very welcome in particular as Minister McEntee is already acutely aware of the significant pressures we have been under in Drogheda over recent years in terms of Garda resources.
O’Dowd said that the allocation of 30 new Gardaí to the Drogheda Division in recent times has helped them make significant inroads in fighting the drug fuelled criminality.
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Deputy O’Dowd met with Department of Justice officials on the 3rd of June to discuss the initial steps on a focused action plan for the town of Drogheda.
This will focus on the root causes of the criminality that has blighted the town over the last number of years and to look at the underlying societal issues we need to highlight, address and fund.
“I will be meeting with Minister McEntee in the coming weeks to reinforce the need for this action plan to progress swiftly and for the terms of reference to be published as soon as possible so we can support and strengthen the initial reporting stage.
“The programme for government commits to expanding the Dublin North-East Inner City model to other comparative areas experiencing disadvantage and I believe it is critical that Drogheda is front and fore in this process.
“I have no doubt Minister McEntee will do all she can to assist us going forward.”
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