30 new Garda recruits assigned to Louth Garda Division
Thirty of the 201 new Garda recruits to graduate from Templemore last week will be allocated to the Louth Garda Division.
Around 25 of them will be stationed in Drogheda as Gardaí look to crack down on the recent gangland feud that has rattled the south Louth town with three allocated to Dundalk and two to Ardee.
Local TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the Garda Commissioner’s decision to allocate the new recruits to the county but said the issue was county-wide rather than just in Drogheda.
He said: “The significant and ongoing escalation in violence and intimidation by drug gangs demands a robust response from adequately resourced Garda services in Louth. I therefore welcome the announcement of additional Garda.
“However, the drug crisis and the associated violence it brings from gangs extends beyond Drogheda.
“In order to tackle the crisis effectively it needs to be adequately resourced in a holistic way.
“It must include support services for drug addiction, mental health services etc.
“In recent months my colleagues on Louth County Council and I have dealt with a number of families in the north Louth area that have been the victims of threats and attacks from these drug gangs.
“We have also been working closely with the Louth Garda Division who have bluntly told us that Louth needs more Gardaí and support services .
“I have recently urged An Taoiseach to commit to providing a significant increase in additional Gardaí resources from the upcoming budget.
“Additional resources must be allocated fairly across the constituency,” said Deputy Adams.