Monday 20 May 2019

New gardaí on way to Swords and Malahide

John Manning

Additional Gardaí assigned to the North County will aid the struggle to deter criminality, according to a local TD who has been campaigning on the issue for some time.

It has been revealed that seven new gardaí are to be added to the roster across the Swords and Malahide Garda Stations by Easter.

Greater resources in policing across Fingal are essential to clamp down on a rise in anti-social behaviour, according to Deputy Darrragh O'Brien TD.

Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Fingal and Chairperson for the North Dublin Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Force, Darragh O'Brien said that the addition of three Gardaí in Swords and four in Malahide station this month will aid the ongoing work to deter criminality in the North County.

He said: 'Councillor Eoghan O'Brien and I recently met with Chief Superintendent, Mark Curran and Superintendent, Gerry Donnelly to advance our campaign to restore Malahide Garda Station to a 24/7 service and to deliver additional policing resources to Fingal.

'I am pleased that a number of Gardaí have been assigned to Swords and Malahide and I welcome the appointment of our new Garda Inspector, Dermot McKenna, who has been assigned to the Malahide, Portmarnock and Kinsealy area.'

He added: 'This is particularly positive news as it means that Inspector, Ollie Woods who is responsible for the Swords sub-district can now be relieved of having to divide his time between Swords and Malahide stations.'

Deputy O'Brien said: 'I have been advised that a substantial number of additional Gardaí are to be stationed in the DMR North Division over the next eight months.

'I have detailed the importance of assigning these additional Gardaí across the North Dublin region and especially in towns such Donabate and Portrane where the Garda presence is still inadequate.'

Deputy O'Brien will continue to campaign for Malahide Station to be restored to a full 24 hour service.

Fingal Independent