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160 new gardaí to be stationed in Dublin and Louth to tackle gang violence

160 new gardaí are to be stationed in Dublin and Louth to help tackle growing gangland violence....
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

15.20 7 Jun 2019


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160 new gardaí to be stationed...

160 new gardaí to be stationed in Dublin and Louth to tackle gang violence

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

15.20 7 Jun 2019


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160 new gardaí are to be stationed in Dublin and Louth to help tackle growing gangland violence.

Most will serve in Finglas, Blanchardstown and the inner city, where there are ongoing feuds.

25 new gardaí are being sent to Drogheda.

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The Co Louth town has seen 70 individual incidents directly related to gangs since last summer.

13 counties won't have any new gardaí from the over 200 new recruits graduating from the Garda College in Templemore.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris says deploying new gardaí to gangland areas is deliberate.

He explained: "Very serious offences - up to and including murder - have happened. They are very tragic events, and they are very serious as well.

"We have put a lot of resources into investigating them, but [also] reassuring the community and preventing further attacks from happening."

He added: "What we see today at this graduation... we will see 128 new members go to Dublin, a further 30 will go to Louth - these are the areas where we want to concentrate our resources."

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan noted: "These newly attested members, who were already earmarked for these areas before the recent murders, will help strengthen the Garda response to gang violence and increase public safety in their communities.

"Having visited Coolock Garda station and local communities on Tuesday morning, I know how welcome these new members will be."

Following today's graduation, overall Garda numbers have reached 14,000 - with a further 200 gardaí due to graduate later this year.

Main image: File photo of Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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