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Border security and Brexit discussed by Justice Minister on visit to Dundalk Garda Station

Border security and Brexit discussed by Justice Minister on visit to Dundalk Garda Station

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan discussed Brexit, border security and Garda numbers during a recent visit to Dundalk Garda Station.

The Minister was invited to chat with local Gardaí by Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick. While visiting the station at The Crescent he met with Garda Superintendent Gerard Curley, along with Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan and Acting Assistant Commissioner Barry O’Brien.

Deputy Fitzpatrick thanked the Minister for visiting and being generous with his time.

He said: “Louth is in a unique position regarding Brexit and border security and the importance of cross-border communication and initiatives are vital now more than ever.

“An Garda Síochána and The Police Service of Northern Ireland collaborate well together and this working relationship is extremely important. We spoke on how this affects border security, right from Cullaville to Omeath. Concerns were raised regarding this and the level of measurements that will have to be implemented.

“Some of the main issues discussed on the Minster’s visit included; the upgrading of both Dundalk Garda Station and Dromad Garda Station.

“Minister Flanagan also paid tribute to the late Detective Adrian Donohoe and Garda Tony Golden.

“In what was a progressive and insightful morning Minister Flanagan spoke about his Department’s commitment to ensuring that the people of Dundalk feel safe in their homes, whether in our urban centres or the heart of the country.

“Overall here in the Louth Garda Division there is a currently 312 Gardaí on the beat and a Garda fleet consisting of 58 vehicles.  I am pleased with the Department of Justice’s plan in place to achieve an overall Garda workforce throughout the country of 21,000 personnel by 2021.

“Lastly, we are also working to ensure that vulnerable older people feel safe in their communities. Under the Senior Alerts Scheme 643 people have received a personal monitored alarm in Louth since late 2015.”

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