Browne raises concerns over Garda staffing in Wexford

Published on: 25 July 2016

Fianna Fáil TD for Wexford James Browne says he is concerned following the revelation that north Wexford is to be left without a dedicated Garda Superintendent for an undetermined period of time.

The situation arose following the successful transfer of the current Superintendent based at Enniscorthy Garda station.

Deputy Browne said, “I’ve serious concerns that vast swathes of Wexford will be let without a Superintendent following this move. There used to be two Superintendents covering north Wexford, with one based in Gorey and the other stationed in Enniscorthy. The downgrading of Gorey Garda station, which Fianna Fáil opposed, resulted in just one Superintendent being stationed in the area. Now we have a situation where there will be no Superintendent covering north Wexford.

“Superintendent Liam White has played an enormous positive role since taking up his position in Enniscorthy. His promotion is a testament to his career, but it’s disappointing that a situation has developed whereby a replacement Superintendent has not been secured prior to his departure from the station. We need to have a new Superintendent in place to take over from him immediately once he departs Enniscorthy station.

“Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald needs to ensure that a replacement Superintendent is put in place without delay. We can’t have a situation develop whereby 120,000 people across the county are relying on one Superintendent based in Wexford town. It’s unfair on the Gardai who have an enormous workload as it is before taking into account manpower shortages.”

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