Judge calls on Civil Defence to assist Gardai with Public Order

Date Published : January 23rd, 2014    Published By : admin

A DISTRICT COURT Judge has suggested that the Civil Defence be drafted in to assist Gardai in Tallaght following a number of violent deaths in the area. Judge Anthony Halpin made the comments at a sitting of Tallaght District Court and said he was ‘seriously concerned about public order in Tallaght’.

The judge made the call after last weekend’s killing of Michael Devoy (41) who was shot and his body dumped in a remote area of Tallaght and the violent death of 20 year old Dale Creighton who was attacked at a footbridge at St Dominic’s road in Tallaght on January 1st.

Judge Halpin expressed his serious concern about public order in Tallaght and the ‘total breakdown’ of social order in the area. “I am really concerned about public order in Tallaght. We have had so many incidents,” he said. “I think we might need to call for the assistance of the Civil Defence to assist the gardaí. There is a total breakdown of social order that we are going to have to tackle, a total breakdown.”

The Civil Defence in Ireland is a voluntary organisation with almost 4,500 members nationally. They provide support and assistance to the front-line emergency services and in the community. The statutory role of the Civil Defence deals with casualty, search and rescue & recovery, welfare, communication, radiation monitoring and an auxiliary fire service.

Responding to the judges’ comments last night, a Garda spokesperson told the Irish Times that the force had optimum use of resources in the area. “The situation is kept under review and paramount consideration is given to the needs of the residents of Tallaght,” he added. “Garda management is satisfied that a full and comprehensive policing service is being delivered to the communities in Tallaght and that current structures in place meet the requirements of the delivery of an effective and efficient policing service.”

Source: Irish Times

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