Cathaoirleach of the Safer Meath Campaign Peadar Tóibín TD has contacted the Minister of Helen McEntee to seek a meeting between the Campaign and the Minister in relation to the high levels of crime in Meath.

Tóibin told Meath Live, “Recent months have seen a significant upturn in the level of crime in Navan and other Meath towns. This has included vicious attacks on people to the serious damage being done to property, cars being rammed. There is significant stress and worry  arising among many people. I know of shops and restaurants that are closing earlier due to fear about crime. People are getting out of towns early at night. I have even heard of people avoiding the certain areas altogether”.

“We have held protests in Kennedy Place, public meetings in the Newgrange. Our campaign has met with the Garda Commissioner, the Regional Commissioner, the HR manager in Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park. We have submitted years of parliamentary questions which has shown that Meath continuously has the lowest number of Gardaí per capita in the country. Recent PQs that I have submitted has shown that Ireland has one of the lowest number of Gardaí per capita in the EU.  There are many contributing factors to this increased level of crime but chief amongst these is the lack of Gardaí”.

“We have had enough. We cant tolerate this anymore. It is damaging the very fabric of our community. We have asked for a direct meeting with the Minister as soon as possible. If this meeting and significant change in the numbers of Gardaí in Meath does not materialize we will have no option but to protest outside of the Constituency Office of the Minister for Justice in Kells. We appeal to the Minister to help end the nightmare that is happening to communities around the county”.