Gardaí agree to patrols along ‘The Line’, says O’Flaherty

Independent city councillor, Terry O’Flaherty, has received confirmation from Gardaí in Galway that they are to carry out patrols on the Military Path, locally known as ‘The Line’, running between Renmore and the city centre.

Cllr. O’ Flaherty said she had been contacted by a number of regular users of the path that runs alongside the railway line, who use it as a handy shortcut to walk or cycle to town from Renmore, expressing their concerns.

“They tell me that they previously encountered uniformed Gardaí along the route, on foot or on bikes, but this was no longer the case, and they were concerned about some anti-social behaviour.

“I contacted the Gardaí, pointing out that I did not want to see this area turning into a no-go area and stressing that it was imperative that the issue be dealt with as a matter of priority.

“We need to stamp out the practice by groups of youths hanging out drinking or using other substances in this area which is very intimidating for all those who wish to walk to work, or just visit the city,” she said.

She said that she had received assurance from Superintendent Damien Flanagan, who has responsibility for community engagement in the Galway city area, that members of the force have been instructed to include The Line in their daily and nightly patrols.

“I was instrumental in having Irish Rail install lighting along the walk many years ago as a safety measure and I very much welcome the additional security of Garda patrols,” added Councillor O’Flaherty.

The Independent Councillor has also been in contact with Irish Rail about the condition of the surface of the path, which connects Ceannt Station and the city centre with Renmore, close to the Army barracks.

“I have emailed Irish Rail about the issue and I have also spoken with an official from the company, who hopes that resurfacing work will be carried out soon,” said Cllr O’Flaherty.

 

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