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Landmark day for Drogheda as Government agrees to implement Geiran Recommendations

21 July 2021

Statement by Ged Nash TD
Spokesperson on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform

In response to the launch of the implementation plan for the Drogheda Community Safety & Wellbeing report by the Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys, Louth & East Meath Labour TD Ged Nash said:

“Today represents an important turning point for Drogheda. This time three years ago a devastating gang feud which has claimed three lives kicked off.

“The conditions giving rise to the activities of criminal gangs required much more than a heavy policing and criminal justice response.

“Since the autumn of 2018 Cllr. Pio Smith and I have been brought Drogheda’s case for a multi-faceted and multi-agency government-led response to the serious issues being experienced in Drogheda to the local authority and the Department of Justice.

“To the credit of the Department officials and successive Ministers, they listened and following the publication of the scoping review carried out by Vivian Geiran, they are now taking action.

“The implementation plan which was launched today by Minister Humphreys can mark a turning point for Drogheda provided that the plans around supporting our local drugs services, our education and training providers and the local authority and other aspects of Geiran’s review are supported in a meaningful way.

“I am reassured that the government has this morning pledged to prioritise departmental funding for the 73 recommendations that emerged following the consultation carried out by Vivian Geiran.

“It is also important that there is ownership of the plan locally and I am pleased that the local agencies and stakeholders will co-ordinate their actions under the aegis of Michael Keogh, former Assistant Secretary General at the Department of Education.

“Significant too is a commitment that the measures in the plan will be time-lined, with responsibility for activating the various recommendations given to relevant departments and agencies.

“I am also very pleased that the overall responsibility for the plan will be housed with the Department of Justice with a commitment to undertake progress reviews every six months.”