Fianna Fáil Senator and General Election Candidate for Cavan-Monaghan, Robbie Gallagher, has condemned the overnight attempted ATM raid in Ballybay, County Monaghan.  

He commented, “Early this morning another ATM was raided in an attempted robbery. It is one of many ATM raids in the border region over the past year. I believe I speak for the vast majority of people in the border region when I say we condemned these acts.

“A continuation of ATM robberies will deprive our towns and villages of such facilities and is not helping in promoting the border region. These criminal gangs should not be allowed to disrupt our lives or hamper the economy of local towns.

“Under Fine Gael organised crime has been allowed to grow to its current levels and wreak havoc on communities. Fianna Fáil has put forward proposals to smash these organised gangs. Our plans include raising the number of Gardaí to 16k and strengthen the laws around jailing gang criminals and give gardaí the same powers with gang criminals as they have with the Provisional IRA. This would allow the “belief” of a Chief Superintendent that someone was involved in gangland crime to be introduced into evidence.

“This morning I would appeal to anyone with information or who may have been in the area to contact the Gardaí to support them in their investigations,” concluded Senator Gallagher.