Facebook Email WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsSupport gathers for Garda sub-office in WestburyBy admin – July 28, 2010 621 Twitter Previous articleAll haircuts are not created equalNext articleHSE tell court no place for teenager admin Linkedin A GARDA superintendent has come out in favour of setting up a Garda sub office in Westbury.Superintendent Frank O’Brien of Henry Street Station, said he would not be against locating an office for a specific period of time in the Corbally housing estate. The superintendent, who was speaking at a Joint Policing Committee meeting in Clonlara Community Centre, has jurisdiction for policy matters in South-’East Clare.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Noting that as a rural station, Ardnacrusha Garda Station has limited opening hours, he said that during any eight hour shift the gardai has just one quarter of its overall complement on duty, which also has to cope with deploying resources for court work for a number of days.“We have to prioritise our resources and sometimes a garda patrol car does not come to an area in an hour or two because frequently gardai are attending a more serious incident, such as a robbery, serious assault or even murder. Incidents are prioritised in terms of how serious they are”.Responding to Cllr Pascal Fitzgerald’s complaints about late night drinking by young people along the river banks close to Shannon Banks and his request that a garda sub office be located in the area, Supt O’Brien said:“People drinking in a public place is a serious concern and I would be willing to arrange a meeting with councillors to see how we can progress these issues”.The late night drinking in their area is a source of genuine concern to the residents, Cllr Fitzgerald said.“They are being woken up by youths who aren’t supposed to be drinking in public places. Some of the residents telephoned Ardnacrusha garda and there was no one in the station, and while we know that the garda in Ardnacrusha are doing their best, the fact is that they don’t have the required manpower.“It took two hours before a patrol car came out to the scene. I have called for a community garda to be stationed in a sub-office in the Westbury area because it’s not good enough that when Ardnacrusha gardaí are called to an incident in Limerick city, we are left without cover.“I have got phone calls from residents at 11pm looking for me to do something but I’m a councillor not a garda. I have though, tabled a motion in Clare County Council calling for the banning of drinking in public places,” he added.Senior executive officer, Michael McNamara, pointed out that the bylaws banned drinking in towns but didn’t cover locations in South-East Clare.Two years ago, the issue of having a garda sub office opened locally led Tony Hayes, who runs Westbury Stores, to lodge a planning application seeking permission to demolish an existing garage and barber shop in order to construct three commercial units, one of which would be a sub-office for a community garda.Mr Hayes had hoped the permanent presence of a community based garda within easy access of residents living in Westbury, Shannon Banks and Carrig Meade would be hugely beneficial for the local community.However, he had to withdraw the application after Clare County Council stated his plans represented “significant overdevelopment” of the site.Following Supt O’Brien’s recent comments, however, Cllr Fitzgerald is hopeful for a positive outcome in relation to a garda sub office being opened in Westbury in the not too distant future. Advertisement Print
Case round upOn 6 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Thisweek’s case roundup…Employeeunable to pursue discrimination claimRelaxion Group v Rhys-Harper, IDS Brief 667 EATAtthe appeal against her dismissal, Rhys-Harper made a complaint of sexualharassment against her manager. Both the appeal and complaint were rejected. Hersex discrimination claim centred on an allegation that Relaxion had failed toproperly investigate her complaint. The tribunal held it had jurisdictiontaking into account the ECJ and EAT decisions in Coote v Granada Hospitalitywhich extended the scope of the Sex Discrimination Act by enabling a formeremployee to pursue a victimisation claim relating to acts which occurred afteremployment had ended.Relaxionsuccessfully appealed. It argued that the failure to investigate the harassmentcomplaint, the act of discrimination, post-dated the dismissal and the SDA andCoote covered only post-employment victimisation. The EAT agreed. Coote shouldbe interpreted narrowly and applied only to cases of post-employmentvictimisation. Leave to appeal was given.Awarenessof investigation necessaryLondon Borough of Ealing v Garry, IRLB 656, EATGarry,a Nigerian, was the council’s housing benefits manager. After learning she hadbeen investigated by her previous employer for suspected housing benefit fraudand soon after dismissing another Nigerian employee for a similar reason, thecouncil appointed Singh, a “special” investigator to look into thecase concerning Garry. InMarch 1997 Singh concluded Garry had been involved in a fraudulent claim butGarry only learned she had been under investigation in May. The next month shemet the auditors and in August the council concluded there was insufficientevidence to start disciplinary proceedings. It omitted to tell Garry or Singhof this and he continued with his investigations, albeit limited to a fewfurther phone calls. Only in July 1998 was Garry told no further action wouldbe taken. Shebrought a successful race discrimination claim. The tribunal held thatstereotypical assumptions had been made about Garry being a Nigerian and thiswas why a “special” rather than ordinary investigator had beenappointed. Further, Garry had been subjected to a detriment by the ongoinginvestigation even though she had been unaware of it. The council successfullyappealed. Although the tribunal had been entitled to infer the reason forSingh’s appointment was Garry’s race she had not suffered any detriment becauseher lack of awareness of the ongoing investigation had not caused her anyactual disadvantage.ByEversheds Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.