Three new Garda superintendents appointed in county
THE appointment of three superintendents to the county's three Garda districts was cautiously welcomed at a joint policing committee meeting in County Hall on Monday.
Chief Superintendent John Roche said Superintendent Jim Doyle has moved from his role in New Ross to Wexford.
John McDonald from Crossabeg has taken up the role of New Ross Garda Superintendent, moving across the border from Waterford. Liam Wylde took on the role of Enniscorthy Superintendent on Monday also.
Deputy John Browne queried the quick turn over of superintendents in the county, particularly in the Enniscorthy area.
Deputy Browne said: 'Our superintendent in Enniscorthy is moving on after 18 months; it seems to be changing very regularly. They come down from Dublin and move on again.'
Senator Jim Walsh said superintendents are moving to the county on a career path, adding that they are often not living in the county and have no links here.
'These are major issues which are impacting on the quality of life for people.'
Senator Michael D'arcy Jnr said a superintendent needs to be based in Gorey, while Cllr Joe Sullivan said the north of the county has big four towns compared to only two big towns in the south of the county, and yet only has one superintendent.
Supt Roche said there has been no staffing change in terms of Garda manpower in Gorey, even after the decision not to base a superintendent there.