“Gardai do not know where they are” - Cllr

A town councillor claimed at this week’s meeting of Ballyshannon Town Council that the Gardai do not know where they are or where they are going to in the general Ballyshannon district.

A town councillor claimed at this week’s meeting of Ballyshannon Town Council that the Gardai do not know where they are or where they are going to in the general Ballyshannon district.

Cllr. Phonsie Travers made the comments on foot of motions to retain the number of both Gardai and members of the Defence Forces in the Ballyshannon district which were passed at last month’s meeting.

Cllr. Travers said: “This is no disrespect to the Gardai, but the vast majority of the Gardai are strangers to the town and are not familiar with such a large area.

“I am not blaming the Gardai - they are working with one hand behind their back and this is because of the recruitment embargo.”

Cllr. Pat O’Malley claimed the number of Gardai on any one shift is a joke, adding there is a very large area to cover and there is simply not enough Gardai.

Town Clerk Mary Daly told the councillors that the process of setting up a Joint Policing Committee had started which would involve the Gardai, council members and a member of the Oireachtas.

Garry Martin, who was acting as Town Manager, told the meeting that the first meeting of the Joint Policing Committee was recently held in Bundoran and that “it was a very useful forum”.