Templemore Joint Policing Committee

By Eoin Kelleher Caravans

By Eoin Kelleher

Caravans

A number of caravans have appeared on the New Row near the Graveyard, said Cllr Martin Fogarty at this month’s meeting of Templemore Joint Policing Committee (JPC). The JPC brings together local Gardaí, Councillors, and community representatives to discuss security issues in the locality.

Insp Bernard Barry of Nenagh Garda Station - who replaces Insp Pat O’Connor on the JPC - said he would speak to the local Sergeant about this “ongoing problem.” “We have increased patrols in an effort to bring some order there. We are continuing to monitor the situation, and to assist the Town Council.” Templemore Town Clerk Tom McGrath said the three caravans had arrived last week. It’s understood the occupants of the caravans are originally from Roscrea. The Town Council is attempting to achieve a solution to the issue, and the matter has been brought to the attention of the caravan occupants. The occupants are willing to move, but there is a “genuine” mechanical problem with a wagon, added Mr McGrath. Mayor Maura Byrne said she was very happy to see a cable removed, which had been attached to another house. “That had to be dealt with by the Guards. The ESB had to disconnect the cable from a house. The wiring was to a very high standard,” added Mr McGrath. Cllr Martin Fogarty said the Council had to act regarding the caravans, or up to “three or four” more could arrive outside the Church

Full JPC report in this week’s Tipperary Star.

Caravans

A number of caravans have appeared on the New Row near the Graveyard, said Cllr Martin Fogarty at this month’s meeting of Templemore Joint Policing Committee (JPC). The JPC brings together local Gardaí, Councillors, and community representatives to discuss security issues in the locality.

Insp Bernard Barry of Nenagh Garda Station - who replaces Insp Pat O’Connor on the JPC - said he would speak to the local Sergeant about this “ongoing problem.” “We have increased patrols in an effort to bring some order there. We are continuing to monitor the situation, and to assist the Town Council.” Templemore Town Clerk Tom McGrath said the three caravans had arrived last week. It’s understood the occupants of the caravans are originally from Roscrea. The Town Council is attempting to achieve a solution to the issue, and the matter has been brought to the attention of the caravan occupants. The occupants are willing to move, but there is a “genuine” mechanical problem with a wagon, added Mr McGrath. Mayor Maura Byrne said she was very happy to see a cable removed, which had been attached to another house. “That had to be dealt with by the Guards. The ESB had to disconnect the cable from a house. The wiring was to a very high standard,” added Mr McGrath. Cllr Martin Fogarty said the Council had to act regarding the caravans, or up to “three or four” more could arrive outside the Church.

Speeding

A recent campaign aimed at reducing speeding on local roads, was successful and should be extended. The number of detections was “way down” said Insp Barry, “so people are listening. It should be every weekend.”

Anti-Social

Behaviour

Mayor Maura Byrne inquired about Anti-Social behaviour around Templemore. Insp Barry said there was “no major issues” but as he is new to the JPC, this needs to be discussed with local Gardaí. There were some people congregating in schoolyards drinking. Cllr Michael Ryan asked if local Gardaí could use bicycles to monitor the situation in the Town Park. “We do have mountain bikes in Templemore. I will bring it up, so we can see what the outcome can be,” said Insp Barry.

Policing Plan

Deputy Noel Coonan called on local people to fight against any move to amalgamate Templemore Policing District into Thurles, as part of a new Policing Plan for the County. Tipperary is divided into six Districts, and the fear is that Templemore would see a reduced Garda presence if Templemore and Thurles were merged as part of cost cutting measures. “It would be a retrograde step. It’s totally unacceptable. We will fight this tooth and nail, so that adequate resources go into law and order in Templemore. Common sense must prevail.” Deputy Coonan expressed concern for the future of 5-day policing, and night-time policing, should the rumoured changes go ahead. Cllr Mick Connell said the future of the local station had been under threat since the 1960’s.

Insp Barry said the issue had been much discussed. However, there would be no diminution of policing services to local people under any new Policing Plan. “You will get the same service as previously.” Deputy Coonan said he didn’t want to be “alarmist” but if there was no Superintendent, “it means you will not have the same service.”

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