Kerry’s new Chief Superintendent is concerned by the rise in drink driving in the county. David Sheahan was presenting data on recorded crimes at the recent meeting of the Kerry Joint Policing Committee meeting. The county’s new Chief Superintendent will be splitting his time between Kerry and Limerick until a permanent replacement for Pat Sullivan is appointed. David Sheahan told the meeting that Operation Thor has been successful in Kerry in targeting burglaries with incidents down 53 per cent in the first quarter of 2016 (44) compared to the same period last year (94). Thefts from vehicles have decreased 31 per cent in the period with the Chief Superintendent saying one or two people who had been responsible for this type of crime were in custody. He said the main concerns of Kerry people are anti-social behaviour and drunkenness at night adding Kerry had the lowest crime rate he had seen compared to where he had worked previously. Mr Sheahan said it is bugging him that drink driving detections increased last year and it is still going in the wrong direction this year. The Chief Superintendent said four cars doing doughnuts on the N72 were seized last Friday during a covert Garda operation. He said Gardai will continue to clampdown on boy racer activity between now and the Rally of the Lakes with resources from Limerick being made available to Kerry. Finally, Mr Sheahan said Kerry is earmarked for more Gardai between now and the end of the year.
Ger Counihan is chairman of the Kerry Vintners’ Federation. They met Minister Ross this week to raise concerns about rural towns and villages.http://media.radiokerry.ie/upload/radiokerry/audio/repeatger.mp3