Tuesday 16 July 2019

Second armed unit to be set up after mother was killed

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Stephen Maguire

A second Garda Armed Response Unit (ARU) is to be set up in Co Donegal after an alleged delay in deploying officers to a scene in which a young mother was killed.

Jasmine McMonagle (27) died after she was attacked at her home in Killygordon, close to Ballybofey in east Donegal, earlier this month.

The young mother of two called gardaí at 4.20am on Friday, January 4. Uniformed gardaí responded and arrived at the couple's home 20 minutes later at 4.47am.

However, they came under attack and contacted members of the ARU.

The nearest unit, based in Ballyshannon in south Donegal, were not on duty at the time and their back-up is in Dundalk.

However, the armed garda unit in Dundalk was already dealing with a situation and could not respond. Members of the Donegal armed response unit were finally scrambled but did not arrive at the scene of the stand-off until shortly before 7am.

They entered the house before 7.30am and arrested a man. Two young children were also in the house.

Ms McMonagle was found dead in the house.

Speaking at the Joint Policing Committee meeting, a Letterkenny-based garda superintendent confirmed that gardaí were in the process of setting up a second armed response unit for the region.

The move follows questions by Joint Policing Committee member Joe Boland, who said the public had concerns over the response times of the armed response unit in the case of Ms McMonagle.

The Garda press office were not in a position to comment on the move at the time of going to press.

Irish Independent

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