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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Memo by hero garda Tony Golden shows concern over resources in Dundalk district

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

A MEMO written by hero garda Tony Golden reveals he had concerns at a lack of resources in the Dundalk district.

The memo, written in 2013, was released by the Cooley Peninsula Community Alert Group.

The group had requested garda Golden write the memo ahead of a meeting they had with then Justice Minister Alan Shatter in April 2014.

However Minister Shatter resigned from office shortly thereafter, meaning the group's link with the department tapered off.

In the memo Garda Golden expresses concern about the reduction of garda manpower and the overreliance on overtime.

He claims there was a reduction of 14pc in manpower between 2009 and 2013.

He expressed his concern that overtime made available for the investigation into the murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe that year would not be continued in 2014.

Also a matter of concern for him was the practice of Dundalk using a squad car from his area of Omeath, which he claimed left the town without any garda transport.

In the aftermath of the murder of Garda Golden 25 additional gardai have been deployed to Dundalk on a temporary basis.

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