Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

13th December 2018

Breathnach demands extra resources to deal with Drogheda feud
– the State needs to put shoulder to the wheel to provide whatever resources are needed –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach spoke in the Dáil about the on-going powder-keg drug feud that is ravaging the great community of Drogheda, be it in Lawrence’s Park, Marley Court, Termon Abbey and beyond especially since early July.

“This criminal activity and violence is tarnishing the town and surrounding villages’ reputation.  Innocent members of the community who go about living decent ordinary lives have been frightened and terrorised by shooting, kidnapping, on-going intimidation, and the use of petrol bombs and incendiary devices. This violent and criminal activity is to be condemned unreservedly and it is incumbent on all politicians locally and nationally to support the strident efforts of Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan and the Garda Siochána in the region for curtailing what can only be described as a pressure cooker in South Louth.

“This morning’s visit to Drogheda by Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan to hear first-hand the accounts of the on-going violence and crime is to be commended and helpful in boosting Garda morale.

“Extremely disconcerting and worrying however, over the last number of weeks has been the rumour that due to the on-going crack-down, surveillance and curtailment of these thugs, that these criminals have let it be known of their intention for reprisal (“by going out with a great bang”).  This rumour refers to a threat to the lives of two named Gardaí involved in trying to resolve and curtail this dispute and reflects the seriousness of these thugs’ intentions.

“Public support and community policing in itself if laudable but if the Chief Superintendent and his force need additional manpower and resources to bring this escalating crisis to an end the State needs to put his shoulder to the wheel and provide whatever resources are needed.

“The events in Drogheda, together with similar gang warfare in Dublin is and should be a stark reminder to families and parents whether in an urban, village or rural setting, that the scourge of drug trade is in our midst and if not curtailed will wreak havoc on our society.
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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)

(T) 01 6183549 (Email)  declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie