The Chief Superintendent over the drug unit in Longford and Roscommon declined an offer to meet with councillors- either publicly or privately - to discuss the ongoing battle with drugs in Longford, it was revealed at last week’s town council meeting.
Town Clerk Dan Rooney had sent a letter to Chief Superintendent Thomas Curley in Roscommon Garda station inviting him to address the council, the quarterly JPC meetings or to meet the councillors in private to talk about the drug problem in Longford. The Longford Roscommon drug unit is currently based in Roscommon.
In response to the letter, the Chief Superintendent called Mr Rooney to decline the invitation. “He saw no useful purpose in meeting the town council. He said he was on top of his brief and that a lot of work involved is in covert surveillance and would not be useful to have that in the public domain,” Mr Rooney said.
Cllr Tony Flaherty was visibly angry at this response. “We never asked for this to be in the public domain, we offered to go and meet him in his office. We need to try again. There’s a major drug problem in Longford; we need something to be done, we’re not happy with that response,” Cllr Flaherty fumed.
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