Crime fighting resources needed
THE need to protect elderly people living in rural parts of County Wexford through increased Garda resources was highlighted at the meeting.
An addendum was added to Cllr Anthony Kelly's motion calling on the Minister for Justice to phase-in the reopening of rural Garda stations due to a rise in crime in the countryside, stating that more resources are needed.
Cllr Kelly said: 'I'm a firm believer that a Garda presence is a deterrent against crime. It's a shame local Garda stations were closed.'
Cllr Oisin O'Connell seconded the motion, while Cllr Jim Moore added the amendment. Cllr Paddy Kavanagh pointed out that Garda stations have already been sold off, adding that at this stage new stations would have to be built at great cost.
Cllr Malcolm Byrne said parts of the county are not policed when it can take up to 90 minutes to respond to calls.
'There may only be one car available in Gorey to cover the whole district. With what is happening with dissidents (in Louth) Garda resources will now be directed towards the border.
'The improvement in the road network is making it easier for travelling gangs.'
Cllr John Hegarty said: 'We all harken back to the good old days when the local police lived in the area.
'Opening a Garda station for four hours a day is not going to affect crime statistics.' Cllr Joe Sullivan said extra resources are needed across the force.
'We need to encourage Gardaí to live in within the communities. Patrolling is almost a thing of the past.'
Cllr Robbie Ireton said he has lost respect for the Gardaí. 'When the Garda does his duty and brings criminals to justice the justice system lets the victim down. The culprits have everything thrown at them like legal aid. Society has handcuffed the Gardaí with their own handcuffs behind their own backs.'
Cllr Fergie Kehoe questioned the way Garda resources are used, alluding to the stand off at Corrigan's Londis in Kilmuckridge that day when the emergency
Garda response unit, accompanied by local Gardaí, attended. 'That was a terrible waste of Garda resources.'
Cllr Keith Doyle said money needs to be put into training Gardaí. The motion was unanimously supported.