More Gardaí are needed on the beat in North Wexford.
That’s the view of local Fianna Fail Councillor Andrew Bolger who says the lack of such manpower is leading to a rise in crime in Courtown and Gorey.
This has been particularly evident in the Courtown/Riverchapel area in recent weeks which is now the fifth biggest urban area in County Wexford.
It follows scenes of fire damage at the end of the pier in Courtown last night, in which pallets and other material were set alight.
The Gorey, Courtown area has just 17% of the overall Garda allocation for the County which is far from adequate according to Fianna Fail Councillor Andrew Bolger.
The number of Gardai has only increased by two to 49 since 2012 and that includes one Sergeant in the traffic corps as well as 7 other members.
Councillor Bolger is calling on the Garda Commissioner to act to address the situation.