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An Garda Síochána insist they are working to make the village of Newmarket-on-Fergus “as safe as environment as possible”.

Concerns have been expressed within the village on the sale and supply of drugs taking place. It follows the recent seizure of €20,000 worth of cannabis and a serious assault which was also connected to the person involved in the possession of the drugs.

Residents of Newmarket-on-Fergus have told The Clare Echo that an increased amount of Garda visits to different properties had been visible in recent weeks.

When asked by The Clare Echo if specific persons of interests were being monitored in the locality, Insp Paul Slattery stated, “Garda operations are not for and will not be discussed”.

He added, “In relation to recent matters in the village, Gardai are continuing to investigate matters, have made an arrest and as a result of a follow-up operation, made a significant drug seizure. Gardai will continue to engage with members of the community in an effort to assist communities to be as safe an environment as possible”.

Insp Slattery encouraged Newmarket-on-Fergus residents to contact Gardaí in relation to any concerns they may have. “We thank the communities who continue to support An Garda Siochana’s efforts to make communities safer for all”.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Co-operative Housing Ireland (CHI) has moved to clarify that none of the individuals residing in the second phase of houses in the Gleann Cora have been involved with recent crimes in Newmarket-on-Fergus. The spokesperson said it had received “no complaints” on the activities of the occupants of the 29 housing units it has acquired.

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