Minister raises Burt P.O. robbery with Garda Chief

Joe McHugh TD has confirmed that the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter TD, has raised the alleged gun-point robbery of Burt Post Office with the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

Minister Shatter informed Deputy McHugh of his correspondence with the Garda Commissioner about security issues in Donegal communities close to Derry City, in a letter that Deputy McHugh received from the Minister for Justice on 19th December.

Commenting to the Derry Journal, Deputy McHugh said: “The incidence of most categories of serious crime, including serious assaults, has in fact been falling. However, recent incidents in Donegal are quite disturbing, and I have expressed my concerns to the Minister for Justice. At my request, Minister Shatter has raised the recent alleged gun-point robbery of Burt Post Office, with the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

“In the letter that I received from the Minister for Justice on December 19th, Minister Shatter made specific reference to the alleged gun-point robbery.

“The Minister for Justice told me: “In relation to Donegal, regarding security in rural communities close to Derry City… all crime is unacceptable, including the incident of gun-point robbery of the Post Office…with that in mind and of the deep distress which robberies can cause to businesses and to the broader impact it can have in terms of fear of crime in our communities,

“I welcome the fact that the Garda Commissioner is deploying substantial resources in a targeted and strategic approach to confronting those who are engaging in this form of criminality.

“I have forwarded a copy of your correspondence to the Garda Commissioner for his attention on this matter.”

Deputy McHugh concluded: “Security concerns in rural Donegal communities that are close to Derry City, are a serious concern.

“I am glad that the Minister for Justice has raised the matter with the Garda Commissioner.”