Portarlington Garda Station is to get three new Gardaí assigned to it within the next three weeks, however the station will not be open for longer hours, as they will instead be out on patrol.
The news was announced earlier this week by Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan.
“There have been issues regarding policing in Portarlington. It is a big town that has seen a big increase in population in recent years. This will help to ensure adequate cover for Garda rosters, particularly at weekends,” he told the Leinster Express.
Garda Chief Supt John Scanlan said the three are “long serving members, who were serving in Portlaoise station”.
That station got five new recruits in recent months, allowing him to redistribute experienced Gardaí to other areas.
“The demography of Port changed in recent times and we are taking account of that by placing extra resources,” he said.
“The station won't be open more hours but there will be three extra Gardaí in Port, and extra patrols out and about, it frees up other areas like Mountmellick,” the Chief Supt said.
It brings to two sergeants and nine Gardaí the number based the station, serving 8,000 people.
Another five recruits are promised to come from Templemore to Laois this July.
“This is part of the programme for government committed to recruiting an extra 15,000 Gardaí, bringing greater cover for Laois,” Minister Flanagan said.