Senator Robbie Gallagher says that Monaghan Town clearly needs more gardaí after a number of assaults took place in the town over recent weeks. “It is a well known fact there are Monaghan Town locals who avoid the town after dark!” acknowledged Senator Gallagher. In the month of December 2017 alone there were 23 individual public order offences in Monaghan Town, all of which have resulted in proceedings being taken against the relevant persons involved. There were also 15 “assault type incidents”, 9 of which have resulted in proceedings before the District Court with the remaining 6 remain under active investigation. It should be noted that not all of the incidents relate to Dublin Street but the figures do give an indication of the type and volume of this type of crime which the Gardaí are tasked to deal with.
Senator Gallagher has previously pointed out the low level of cover across the county, particularly at night, and says that the need for more gardai on the streets is very clear.
“A number of assaults have taken place on our streets over recent weeks, particularly but not exclusively on Dublin Street on weekend nights or Saturdays, and most of this very regrettable activity is fuelled by over consumption of alcohol. There were similar incidents over the holidays last year as well. Not all of these assaults have been reported to the authorities but they are an indictment of poor resourcing,” he said.
“It is clear that the current resource allocation of Gardai is not sufficient to provide the level of cover the Gardai themselves would want. I support the efforts of the council and the local community in seeking to establish a good CCTV system across the town. Such a system will act as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour but it needs the garda resources to back it up. I am calling on the Government to provide more gardaí in the town and indeed across the county as soon as possible,” he said.