Aontú rep for the Laytown / Bettystown area, Peter Whelan has told Meath Live he understands there were only four Gardai on duty in Navan station last Saturday night.
He alleges a female Garda was manning the station, another member was assigned to assist a protection detail at the home of Justice Minister Helen McEntee and two more were in the area patrol car.
Whelan claimed, “On Saturday night 10th December there were four Gardai on duty in navan station . These four Gardai were to cover the areas from Wilkinstown, Nobber , Navan , Lobinstown, Slane and Beauparc .
“One Garda, a female was on duty in the station . One Garda was on post with our minister for justice who resides in the area . This left two gardai in one patrol car to look after the above area. This on a normal night is a big ask . But In a week where people are partying with work parties etc , it is unbelievable and unacceptable .
“There was a murder in Navan which clearly could not have been anticipated, but still had to be dealt with and investigated. It also required the scene to be preserved.
“There was a major brawl in Navan town where three men were left unconscious. Garda resources had to be drafted in from other regions including Trim in Meath and Blanchardstown in Dublin . This was just to deal with the two incidents mentioned above . It also left the other regions short of personnel as a result of being drafted into Navan .
“I am very concerned for elderly people living in fear , knowing that when they ring the Gardai they will not arrive on time .”