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A debate followed an arson attack on Drogheda Boys and Girls FC

A debate followed an arson attack on Drogheda Boys and Girls FC

A debate followed an arson attack on Drogheda Boys and Girls FC

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LOUTH County Council don't have the funding to expand their range of CCTV cameras.

Director of Services Paddy Donnelly made the frank admission during a public debate at the Joint Policing Meeting on the vandalism that saw a Drogheda Boys and Girls FC facility at Marley's Lane destroyed.

Mr Donnelly said they had worked with the gardai to get cameras up and running in Drogheda but "we do not have access to funding for more CCTV" as there were no further schemes out there.

But he vowed if the funding was there, then the council would be a lot better position to tackle the situation.

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Mayor James Byrne said if funding was not there, then they must look for it.

Fergus O'Dowd TD said he would follow up the funding situation.

Cllr Joanna Byrne raised the attack on the football club, asking if there were cameras in certain locations and that the residents of Rathmullen were "at their wits end" with the anti-social behaviour and this was the second arson attack on the club.

"This is an attack on the town, not just a club and community. It's shameful," she stated.

She had spoken with the Drogheda Boys and Girls FC and and while they felt the gardai had reacted well, they have issues with how the area is being managed.

"They feel abandoned and are crying out for help," she said. "We need CCTV there to help everyone."

Mr Donnelly said he did not feel the club was being "abandoned" and it was down to a funding issue.


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