Clare JPC Member Hits Out As Tipp TD Criticises New Ennis Garda HQ

A member of Clare’s Joint Policing Committee is hitting out at a Tipperary TD for labelling the decision to put the new divisional Garda headquarters in Ennis as “wrong”.

Alan Kelly has again raised the issue in the Dáil but the Justice Minister has shot down the critique.

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In September, the Garda Commissioner put the rumour mill to rest when he confirmed that the new Clare-Tipperary Divisional headquarters would be located in Ennis.

While this was warmly welcomed in this county, the reaction in Tipperary was – understandably – the direct opposite.

It’s routinely been raised as an issue by local elected representatives, including in the Dáil by Labour’s Alan Kelly who wants a review to be carried out in the coming years of a move that he says is “obviously” wrong.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is still backing the Garda Commissioner’s decision.

He says the changes will lead to a better policing service here.

Now, a member of Clare’s Joint Policing Committee has hit out at Deputy Kelly for labelling the Ennis HQ decision as the wrong move.

Independent Clonlara Councillor Michael Begley isn’t pleased to hear the comments, particularly in light of the fact that Clare has an international airport to police too.