Tighter cooperation between Castlecomer district councillors and Kilkenny gardai

Sean Keane

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Sean Keane

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Tighter cooperation between Castlecomer district councillors and Kilkenny gardai

Front l to r: Chief Supt Dominic Hayes, Cllr J Brennan, Cllr M H Cavanagh, Cllr M Shortall. Back, l to r: Sgt Barry Smith, Cllr M McCarthy, Supt Derek Hughes, Cllr P Fitzpatrick, Michael Delahunty

Gardai are now holding regular meetings with the Castlecomer Municipal District elected members to build on existing contacts and co-operative arrangements and to provide a forum to share and update councillors on developments.

At the meeting held on Monday, Cllr John Brennan, Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District thanked Chief Supt Dominic Hayes, Supt Derek Hughes and Sgt Barry Smith for their attendance and for addressing their issues.

He praised the Text Alert scheme which is a great help in the prevention of crime. He also referred to the local Garda presence in the Area.  Cllr Brennan pointed out that: “It is comforting to local communities including rural communities to see the Garda presence in their communities”.

Chief Supt Hayes highlighted the positive engagement with councillors and the numerous ongoing community engagements being undertaken in the district. He referred to the establishment of local Policing Partnerships stating that it is intended to build on the existing positive relationships with communities and increase the level of local engagement into the future.

Mary Mulholland Director of Services stated that: “the local authority very much welcomed the Local Policing Partnerships and would work in any way required to support them in their efforts locally.”