The Garda representative association are blue in the face calling for increased numbers on the frontline - Whelan
Aontú representative Peter Whelan has been waiting over a year to meet minister for justice .
In a statement, Peter whelan the Aontú representative said: “I am waiting over a year for a meeting with minister for justice Helen mc entee. Over a year ago two garda cars were rammed in slane . This happened while there was no garda presence in slane Garda station . I immediately called for a meeting with the minister who was and is living within a few kilometres of the same garda station."
"We have had a dramatic increase in the spate of rural robberies in the last few months in the Meath area . Some criminals are blatantly trespassing in farms and rural communities casing out potential targets for burglary. These criminals are traveling from other counties because they know they can get away quickly without detection , due to the lack of frontline gardai in our county. The Garda representative association are blue in the face calling for increased numbers on the frontline. The minister recently announced a fund for community groups after a ramming incident involving a Garda car in Dublin . Her own county , with the least amount of gardai are asking for her to give the garda commissioner the resources he needs to give Meath the gardai they need and deserve . The minister was again sent a further request for the a meeting with myself and Peadar Tóibín."
"The Aontú leader sent an official request through his office , asking minister mc entee to meet us and discuss this ongoing situation. Meath has a population of near 250,000 people and growing . The people of meath and all the hinterlands surrounding , are sitting ducks . Throwing money at community groups may be a help for the longer term of education etc , but it is the immediate criminal activities that are nothing to do with our community that need to be addressed . This is a policing problem and needs a policing solution. The people of Meath feel let down by this government and this minister for justice . Myself and peadar Tóibín await a reply to our request for this long awaited meeting ."