10 Aug 2022

Henebry’s Segways put Gardai on the front foot

A KILKENNY man is responsible for equipping the Gardai with their latest crime-fighting weapon – the Segway.

A KILKENNY man is responsible for equipping the Gardai with their latest crime-fighting weapon – the Segway.

Peter Henebry, who is chairman of the local Evergreen Football Club, is also the owner at Segway Ireland. Segway, a two-wheeled rechargable electric vehicle, hit the streets of Dublin last week complete with blue lights and the familiar luminous Garda insignia.

Segway Ireland supplied two of the vehicles to the Dublin City Business Association (DCBA), who donated them to the Gardai for use in pedestrianised areas of Dublin.

Mr Henebry has is well-known locally for his hard work in improving the fortunes of Evergreen FC. He was a driving force in the redevelopment of the grounds on the Kells Road.

He is also heavily involved in the game at schoolboy level, and in preparing the next generation of local players. He is married to Irene Henebry of Fit4Life.

Segway Ireland is the sole Irish distributor of the vehicles, which are becoming increasingly used in the policing and security sectors, but also in sales and marketing. Over 40 Gardai were trained in how to use them.

It remains to be seen yet whether we will see Gardai rolling around the Marble City on Segways.

The DCBA is covering all costs for now, and Gardaí are to decide in two years time if the scheme should be rolled out nationwide. Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey said Segways would help gardai monitor areas not readily accessible to other vehicles.

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