Garda Chief Pledges a New Year Blitz on Crime and Terrorism
Byline: Alan Sherry
IN THE wake of growing gangland activity, the war on organised crime will be a top priority for An Garda Scochana next year, the forces commissioner has promised.
Fachtna Murphy also vowed to fight terrorism, road offences, public order and illegal immigration.
As Garda management launched its annual policing plan yesterday, Commissioner Murphy pledged that the war on organised crime will persevere, saying: We will continue to target those people who are committing crime at all levels, including organised crime and drug crime.
He continued: We will also focus on anti-social behaviour and public disorder which can affect the quality of life in local communities.
In line with our continuing commitment to road safety and roads policing we will work with other agencies to change driver behaviour and reduce deaths on our roads. As Commissioner I am determined to ensure that people feel safe on the streets and in their homes.
The Commissioner said gardac would deliver the highest standards of professional policing for the community.
Much needed new stations are to be built in Finglas in Dublin, Ballymote in Co. Sligo and Buncrana, Co. Donegal.
However, reflecting these recessionary times, Commissioner Murphy added that he was aware that prudent financial management will be required if goals were to be achieved. …