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A permanent community garda will be appointed to Celbridge Garda Station within the next two months according to Kildare north TD, Frank O’Rourke and Cllr Michael Coleman.
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“I am delighted that a community garda will be appointed to the Celbridge Garda Station and will take up duty in this role in two months approximately. The residents and community groups requested a community garda to be put in place for Celbridge to assist them on their day to day queries and concerns. I’m pleased that the garda resources are strengthening in Celbridge. This was a commitment both myself and Cllr Michael Coleman got when we met Garda management last year. This is further positive news for Celbridge and I will continue to keep a focus on having further resources allocated to Celbridge and Kildare," he says.
“Last year, I raised the relatively low level of garda numbers in Celbridge and in Kildare generally, and called on the Department of Justice to fairly distribute Garda resources. Kildare has one of the lowest level of Garda numbers in the country. The numbers are now improving incrementally In Kildare, and we need further additional resources allocated to the different locations in Kildare."
He said Maynooth has a population of 15,000 and over 12,000 students but no full-time garda station with similar situations in Kilcock and Clane with no full time Garda stations.
“Overall, we need increased numbers to bring the ratio of Gardaí to population in county Kildare closer to the national average of 1:450," he added.
“I do want to acknowledge that we have made some progress in terms of Garda numbers in the last two years in Celbridge, but we must make further progress and bring Kildare in line with the national average. I want to thank the gardaí for the continued commitment on this important issue."