Concern over removal of Mervue garda
Galway Gardaí have moved to reassure the Mervue community that the area will continue to be monitored, despite the removal of the community garda.
At a meeting in Mervue recently, Superintendent Marie Skehill reassured residents and public representatives that a Garda presence in the area will be maintained and the situation will be monitored closely.
The meeting with Superintendent Marie Skehill and Sergeant Peadar Ryan was organised by Deputy Noel Grealish and was attended by Cllr Declan McDonnell, Cllr Terry O’Flaherty and representatives of local community groups in Mervue, Wellpark, Tara Grove, Bayview Rise, The Crescent, Sonas, ARA and the Walter Macken Flats.
Superintendent Skehill stated that the reduction in Garda numbers due to retirements and the recruitment moratorium means that changes had to be made. However, she moved to allay the fears of local residents about the removal of the dedicated Community Garda by informing the meeting that changes in the rostering system would result in overlaps and extra availability of Garda hours in the east side of the city and Mervue would have a Garda presence.
While Superintendent Skehill reiterated that there would be no change to the decision to replace the full-time dedicated Community Garda from Mervue, she stated that she would be keeping the situation under review and agreed to meet with the group again in a number of months to discuss progress.
She also reassured those attending the meeting that if the need arose, extra resources could be drafted in to deal with problems that may arise.