By Dan Walsh
At today’s monthly meeting of Wexford County Council held in ‘The Street’ at Carricklawn headquarters an interesting discussion centred on approval of applications for authorisation of Community CCTV in accordance with Section 38 of the Garda Siochána Act 2005.
Cllr George Lawlor wondered why twelve cameras were proposed for Gorey Town Park on fourteen acres and only four cameras were deemed enough for Min Ryan Park in Wexford town which comprises eighteen acres. “Are the people in Gorey deemed more photogenic?” he suggested.
David Minogue, County Secretary and Data Protection Officer, told the members that the meeting was seeking approval for CCTV extension in Wexford town and Bunclody CCTV system and that Gorey, who has applied for twelve cameras is waiting approval, and Enniscorthy must be be discussed at district level.
Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin noted that CCTV was badly needed at Gorey Town Park and alluded to anti-social behaviour at the weekend that witnessed two portable toilet units smashed to pieces. Cllr Andrew Bolger wondered when will the five cameras are switched on at Gorey Town Park, it is black dark there at night?
Regards a proposal to place more CCTV in Enniscorthy, Cathaoirleach of the Municipal Council Cllr Cathal Byrne suggested that the proposal should come before Enniscorthy Council first.
Approval was agreed to amend the Wexford Town Community CCTV system with the addition of twelve cameras. The proposed locations were selected following extensive consultations with An Garda Siochána in Wexford to include South Main Street, Min Ryan Park and Redmond Park.
Ownership of the Bunclody Town CCTV system, installed ca-2010 and comprising of 13 CCTV cameras, are to be retained with three new locations to be added to the overall system which will require an additional five cameras.
Mr Minogue informed the members that the total projected cost of new equipment added to the existing system is €45,000. “The Council has made provision for the necessary funding in addition to the Department of Justice support funding to a maximum of 60%, subject to a maximum grant of €40,000 per scheme.”