Thursday 24 January 2019

Gardai praised for role in the 2018 Fleadh

Drogheda gardai have been congratulated for their part in the success of the 2018 Fleadh Cheoil.

The community policing approach of the local service was praised by a number of speakers at the Joint Policing Committee meeting in the d Hotel.

'It was fantastic and safety was paramount for those attending the event and with Louth CC, they did a great job. Their participation was second to none and they even played a bit of Irish music,' Cllr Richie Culhane stated.

Supt Andrew Watters confirmed that over 500,000 attended the eight day event and there were 39 arrests, at least 25 of those regular offenders.

'It was a huge success for everyone and the town and the people of Drogheda deserve great credit. They supported all the agencies and I'd have to thank the council and the likes of the vintners and hoteliers.'

Cllr Pio Smith said he hadn't heard one complaint and it was 'a great example of community policing on a large scale.'

Cllr David Saurin also praised the gardai for the way in which they handled the event. 'It wasn't a heavy presence and that added to the experience.'

The sight of the gardai dancing outside Hurley's shop was a highlight Fergus O'Dowd TD, he added.

Drogheda Independent