Cllr. Collins seeks extra Gardaí and closed stations to be re-opened

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Cork County Councillor Noel has called on Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to “make adequate finance available for the recruitment of additional Garda manpower” to tackle a perceived threat of terrorism, Christy Parker reports.

The councillor also wants rural Garda stations re-opened in tandem with moves to counter the “life and death” fears.

Presenting his demands in a motion tabled at March’s County Council meeting, Cllr Collins referenced Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s recent announcement that a Strategic Threat Analysis Centre (STAC) is shortly to be established.

The East Cork representative described closed Garda stations as “an invitation to kill, rob and plunder”, before also welcoming the recruitment of four extra Gardaí for Midleton station. Quickly reiterating his concerns, he spoke of “a serious underlying level of violence pervading our society”, with daily “assaults, muggings, organised burglary rings and a range of sexual offences.”

Find out more inside this week’s Midleton & District News.