National Community Engagement Day; Longford Westmeath Roscommon

Local Link Longford Westmeath Roscommon joined the An Garda Síochána in Castlepollard, Granard,  Roscommon, Athlone and Mullingar as part of the National Community Engagement Day.

On Friday last January 31st,  An Garda Síochána invited local communities to a ‘meet and greet’ opportunity at over 300 venues across Ireland. Local Gardaí, IFA branch representatives and representatives from community groups involved in the National Rural Safety Forum engaged with the local community providing an opportunity for the local community to get to know their local Gardaí and local community representatives. 

"It was a great opportunity for the Local Link team to meet passengers using the service and also speak to members of the community about emerging needs and new issues around rural transport" said Local Link Longford Westmeath Roscommon Manager Damien O'Neill. 


Damien O’Neill Local Link Longford Westmeath Roscommon  with Garda Aileen O’Connor, Athlone Community Policing and Garda Mark Carthy Moate with Marie Byrne and Adrian Egan.


Assistant Commissioner Orla McPartlin, Garda Community Relations Bureau said: “An Garda Síochána is delighted to partner with our key stakeholders in the National Rural Safety Forum in organising a National Community Engagement Day.  This event will provide an opportunity for communities across Ireland to meet and become familiar with their local Gardaí and other Community Organisation representatives. An Garda Síochána will take this opportunity to listen to the policing needs of our communities so that we can continue to deliver on our mission – Keeping People Safe.”

This National Community Engagement Day is designed to achieve the collaborative objective of increased community engagement and community reassurance throughout Ireland.