The Fine Gael TD for Louth/ East Meath, Fergus O’Dowd has revealed that he spoke to Justice Minister Heather Humphries last night over the lack of Garda resources in the East Meath area and emerged confident that Drogheda will soon be the HQ for Laytown station.


Currently, Laytown station is only open sporadically, and calls to it are redirected to Ashbourne, some 33 km away.


The matter came to national attention three weeks ago when after her son James was violently assaulted on Bettystown beach, local woman Tania O’Neill. organised a rally, which was attended by hundreds of angry locals, to highlight lack of Garda resources in the county’s coastal area.


Speaking to Ken Murray on LMFM’s Michael Reade show this morning, O’Dowd said, ‘I spoke to the Minister last night and I am confident both she and the Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, are listening to what is being said to them.


‘I am equally confident that the Guerin report, (Into policing in the Drogheda area), which is about to be published will recommend that the Gardai look into their practical solution to this which is locating the HQ in Drogheda, and I believe that will be announced very very soon’.