Justice Minister visits Rathkeale to discuss policing plan

Newly appointed Transport Minister Simon Harris.

NEWLY appointed Justice Minister Simon Harris is visiting Rathkeale this evening where he is due to meet with senior Gardaí, local politicians and community representatives to discuss plans to tackle ongoing violence in the town.

Minister Harris had earlier condemned yesterday’s violent scenes in Rathkeale and urged those with any information that may assist in the ongoing investigations to contact local Gardaí.

Speaking this morning, he said that the scenes in Rathkeale yesterday were absolutely unacceptable.

“This Government is committed to building stronger, safer communities – in rural Ireland and in our towns and cities. Everybody has the right to feel safe and to be safe in their homes.

“In response to these scenes yesterday, the Garda Armed Support Unit was deployed rapidly. I have been assured an enhanced policing presence will continue to be part of the policing plan over Christmas to ensure peace and order is maintained in the town.

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“Garda investigations are ongoing, and they have appealed to any witnesses to contact Rathkeale Garda Station to make sure that those involved can be identified and prosecuted.

“There is no place for this kind of violence in our society. I know the community in Rathkeale is rightly proud of their town and abhor these appalling acts,” Minister Harris added.