Minister Harris ‘impressed’ after visit to Bray Garda Station

Minister Simon Harris with Superintendent Pat Connell, Chief Commissioner Drew Harris and Inspector Siobhan McCarthy at Bray Garda Station.

Tom GalvinBray People

Wicklow Fine Gael Minister for Justice Simon Harris was accompanied by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris on a visit to Bray Garda Station, on Friday, May 19, where they discussed Wicklow policing matters and took a tour of the facilities.

A presentation was also given by the new Chief Superintendent for Wicklow and Wexford, Derek Hughes, who previously held the position of superintendent in the Kilkenny division and took over from Chief Superintendent Anthony Pettit, who hails from Wexford, in February.

The presentation concerned resources, the types of crime being experienced by Gardaí in Wicklow currently, as well as the issues around recruitment. The presentation was also attended by the Superintendent for Wicklow Rory Sheriff and Inspector Seamus Rothwell, who sit in Baltinglass, and Superintendent Pat Connell in Bray, representing the three district HQs in the county.

Commenting on the visit, Minister Harris said: “I am always very impressed by the commitment and professionalism of the Gardaí, and the job they do for us all.

“It is great to have the opportunity to sit down and directly discuss policing County Wicklow with the Commissioner and the Garda of Bray Garda Station. As Minister for Justice, I am keen to support An Garda Síochána and the important work they do, and being able to do so for our local Gardaí is an honour as they are out on the streets every day working towards creating stronger, safer communities for us all,” he added.​