Three CCTV schemes in Monaghan move closer to being operational

Three public CCTV schemes in Monaghan are closer to being operational.

Updates on the Monaghan, Castleblayney and Carrickmacross schemes were given at the recent Joint Policing Committee.

Seventeen camera locations have been identified for Monaghan town.

These cover areas of public concern and strategic locations to improve coverage throughout the main streets.

This draft layout was approved by the JPC and will now be given to the Garda Commissioner to sign off on.

Following this it’s expected to go to tender in January.

As part of redevelopment works in Castleblayney it was looked at to see if six cameras that had been in operation prior to the closure of the town council in 2014, could be brought back into use.

A further two cameras were identified as being needed to provide additional cover.

The JPC approved the re-establishment of the scheme today, with it now going to public consultation to help identify a final design that can be brought back to the council.

Local Councillor Aidan Campbell says the cameras will help clamp down on anti-social and public order offences.

The Carrickmacross scheme is at an earlier stage.

Following analysis of Garda data, key locations have been identified for the installation of cameras.

It was approved and will go to public consultation to seek submissions on the system and allow a design to be created.

The roll-out of CCTV across the country has been hampered by GDPR regulations and a lack of agreement on who would be the controller.

In all cases agreed today, Monaghan County Council will be the Data Controller, with the possibility of it being shared with local Gardai to be examined if laws were to change.