News of new community Garda unit for Balbriggan has been welcomed. A protest on anti-social behaviour was held in early December. A cut in Garda resources meant the loss of two community officers that had served the community for more than 10 years had a direct impact. These officers delivered community programmes like talks and outreach in local schools. There loss has had an impact, now a new team can again return these programmes and initiatives.
The new team will include five officers, two female and three male, along with one Sergeant. The news was delivered by Garda Sergeant Niall Phelan at the recent Balbriggan liaison committee meeting.
Welcoming the news Darragh O'Brien TD asserted the need to provide greater resources to policing, in a statement to Balbriggan.net he said:
"I have continually raised in the Dail the issue of the lack of Garda resources in Balbriggan. Prior to this welcome announcement of 5 new community Gardai, there had been only 2 community Gardai serving a population of over 38,000 people since 2014. Whilst this is welcome there is still a very long way to go to provide the policing that the people of Balbriggan need and deserve. Policing and Garda resources continues to be a priority for me. That is why I will continue to fight for the resources we need on behalf of the people of Balbriggan and the surrounding areas."