MEMBERS of the public are to be invited to make submissions to the next meeting of the Joint Policing Committee. Cllr Kevin Kiely revealed that a joint website will be set up by Limerick City Council and the Garda Siochana, in January.
The councillor was commenting following a meeting of the committee in City Hall, during which chief superintendent, Gerry Mahon anticipated that though the investigation into the murder a month ago of Dooradoyle man, Shane Geoghegan, “will be long and protracted,” he is confident it is making good progress. Cllr Kiely said that the gardai have seized an unprecedented number of guns in the past 12 months. While the main concern is still the criminal feuding gangs, the chief superintendent said there is increased garda surveillance and support from the garda agencies, including the Emergency Response Unit. “I was very reassured that there is increased garda activity over the past few months and that by February, the garda presence in the city will increase from 88 to one hundred”. The HSE came under fire for anti social activity carried out by some tenants When it was pointed out by PJ Kinnane of the HSE that they can only vet people who apply for rent subsidy, Cllr Byrne called for greater co-operation between the HSE and the gardai to ensure that other tenants were also vetted.