Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan getting into their cars before leaving Drogheda Garda Station this morning wher they had a briefing with senior Gardaí. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan were in Drogheda this morning on a flying visit to a town that is still reeling from the shock of one of the most depraved murders in the history of the state.
This was possibly the last thing that they needed in the first week of a general election but it was obvious that they would want to speak with senior Gardaí about the serious problems of drugs and organised crime in the town.
So media waited for an hour outside Drogheda Garda Station for the Taoiseach to arrive and another hour whilst he met with Garda personnel but he didn’t stop for interviews or photos. He entered and left by the back door.
Earlier in his visit, which had not been notified to local media other than LMFM, Mr. Varadkar pledged that those responsible for the brutal murder of Keane Mulready-Woods will be brought to justice.
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"I am here in Drogheda today to express my revulsion and condemnation of the very serious crime that’s taken place here and to assure the people of Drogheda that the Government is 100% behind them,” Mr. Varadkar said.
“We’re going to get these people behind bars and we’re going to make this town safe again.
He said that he wanted to get a briefing from Gardaí to find out if there is anything more that can be done to support them in their efforts.
“I really want to say to people across the country and also here in Drogheda that crime doesn’t pay, that we will get these people behind bars and make this town safe again and I want to encourage anyone with evidence or information to come forward," he added while urging people to come forward with information.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said: "I’m satisfied from talking to the Garda Commissioner that progress is being made and this brutal murder must be seen as a line in the sand as far as gangland criminals are concerned.
“Our message is there’s no hiding place in Drogheda or across the country.”