Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

15th January 2020

 

Breathnach calls for increased Garda resources in Louth after another ATM raid

 

– There was an attempted raid of an ATM in Dunleer last night-
Louth TD and Fianna Fáíl Spokesperson on Cross border co-operation Declan Breathnach has said increased Garda resources are needed in Louth following the attempted raid of an ATM in Dunleer in the early hours of this morning. This is the second attempted ATM raid in Dunleer since November. A Garda Armed Support Unit happened to be on patrol in the area at the time and came across the robbery attempt at around 4.30am.

 

“This is not an isolated incident, but one of the many ATM raids in the border region over the past few months. I fear now that ATM services in Dunleer and across the region will be withdrawn as the risk of a raid increases. This is a huge threat to community and businesses in the area. The vast majority of people living on both sides of the border are decent law-abiding citizens who may lose out on vital services because of the actions of these thugs.”

 

“Crime in Louth is simply out of control. The feud in Drogheda has led to shootings and murders becoming commonplace. We urgently need more Gardaí on the ground. In the short term we may need to look at the possibility of reducing the operating hours of an ATM between midnight and the early morning. There is technology available which can turn off the ATM and automatically transfer it into a secure bunker.”

 

The raiders of the ATM fled from the area and were pursued by gardaí onto the N1 before they crossed the border. Breathnach has previously called for the establishment of a cross-border crime agency to stop criminals evading capture by crossing the border. Chases of cars involving Gardaί or the PSNI have to end at either side of the border. Breathnach says this is an “operational gap” on the island of Ireland which was being exploited by criminal gangs.

 

Breathnach has said the only solution was to set up a cross-border agency involving both forces, as well as the Revenue and the Criminal Assets Bureau.

He concluded “The Gardaí and the PSNI have a close working relationship and have some success to prove it. But until a statutory body is created, there is nothing to stop these criminals simply driving across the border and evading arrest.”

 

 

 
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Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)
(T) 01 6183549 (Email) declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie

 

Note to editor: See link to Sunday Business Post article from December where I called for establishment of cross border crime agency https://www.businesspost.ie/ireland/td-calls-for-cross-border-crime-agency-to-stop-criminals-9b9f470e