Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Public Accounts Committee

Appropriation Accounts 2022
Vote 20 - An Garda Síochána

9:30 am

Photo of Alan DillonAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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An issue of concern for me is the divisional area in which I reside, Mayo, Roscommon and Longford. I have raised this issue previously and I wrote to the Commissioner about the lack of a chief superintendent at the divisional headquarters in Castlebar. It is a concern and certainly the divisional headquarters deserves to have a chief superintendent but it is left without a resident superintendent. This is real problem when dealing with serious crime. Last May, Superintendent Joe McKenna retired but the chief superintendent is actually located in Roscommon, outside the divisional headquarters, which is a real problem. I do not think this is sustainable. The previous response I got on this was that there was a superintendent adjacent, in Claremorris, but that is not a chief superintendent. The feeling on the ground in the Castlebar divisional headquarters for the area is that there should be a chief superintendent. Is this something the Garda will review in relation to the deployment of resources?