New garda service launched in Dooradoyle

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A NEW community policing initiative has been launched for people living and working in the Raheen and Dooradoyle areas of the city.

A NEW community policing initiative has been launched for people living and working in the Raheen and Dooradoyle areas of the city.

As part of the pilot programme, a member of the community policing unit attached to Roxboro Garda station will be available to meet with members of the Public at an office in County Hall each Monday.

“The garda station that covers this area is based at Roxboro Road and it is a significant geographical distance for people to travel in order to transact ordinary business such as getting their passport signed or collecting forms,” said Supt John Scanlan of Roxboro Garda station.

Initially, the joint service will operate at County Hall for one hour each Monday between 11 o’clock in the morning and 12 midday.

The free service will be reviewed later in the year and may be extended further depending on the response from the public.

“This is an effort on our part to move towards the community and we would be anxious that people would actually come and use this service and talk to the garda who is only duty here each week,” added Supt Scanlan.

Leas Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Cllr. Damien Riedy, said the opening of the new office at County Hall is an essential part of the council’s ongoing efforts to improve accessibility to services for the public.

“This service is something that Limerick County Council has been trying to get up and running for some time and hopefully people will find the location is convenient to use because there are other facilities in the area such as the motor tax office, the library and the Crescent Shopping Centre,” he said.