Intro Text 

The Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for Joint Policing and Local Policing Forums at county level. 


Background and Introduction

The Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Joint Policing Committee was established in 2009. The DLR JPC is a strategic partnership between An Garda Siochana and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council with the aim of creating a safe and secure county. 

The legislative frame work for the establishments of Joint Policing Committees is set out in Section 35 of An Garda Síochána Act 2005 and the amendments to this act in 2014. Section 36(2) of the Act provides that a JPC’s function is to serve as a forum for consultations, discussions and recommendations on matters affecting the policing of the local authority’s administrative area, and in particular to:-

  • Keep under review, a) the levels and patterns of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour (including the patterns and levels of misuse of alcohol and drugs) and b) the underlying factors that contribute to these issues.
  • Advise the local authority and the Garda Síochána on how they might best perform their functions and do everything feasibly possible to improve the safety and quality of life, to prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.
  • Arrange and host public meetings concerning matters affecting the policing of the local authorities administrative area.
  • Establish in consultation with the local Garda Superintendent and specific neighbourhoods, local policing fora to discuss and make recommendations to the JPC.
  • Co-ordinate the activities of local policing fora.

(Taken from the national Joint Policing Forum guidelines).


Garda Districts Covered by the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Joint Policing Committee. 

The majority of Dun  Laoghaire Rathdown is located within the Dublin Metropolitan East district.

Within the DLR East district there are two sub districts of “F” covering Dún Laoghaire, Shankill and Cabinteely  and the “W”   covering the Blackrock, Stillorgan and Dundrum areas.  

Dun Laoghaire Garda Station
Tel: 01 6665000

Blackrock Garda Station
Tel: 01 6665200

Dundrum Garda Station
Tel: 01 6665600

Shankill Garda Station
Tel: 01 6665900

Cabinteely Garda Station
Tel: 01 6665400


Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Joint Policing Committee Membership 2016 - 2021

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Representatives

Cllr. Barry Saul  
Cllr. Barry Ward  
Cllr. Chris Curran  
Cllr. Cormac Devlin  
Cllr. Deirdre Donnelly  
Cllr. Deirdre Kingston  
Cllr. John Kennedy  
Cllr. Liam Dockery  
Cllr. Lynsey  McGovern  
Cllr. Mary Hanafin Chairperson
Cllr. Michael Merrigan  
Cllr. Ossian Smyth  
Cllr. Patricia Stewart Vice Chair
Cllr. Peter O’ Brien  
Cllr. Shay Brennan  
Dearbhla Lawson Director of Service, EC&CD.
Dave Lawless Economic Development Officer

An Garda Siochana

Orla Mc Partlin

Chief Superintendent

Martin Fitzgerald



Community Representatives

Gay Wright

DLR Public Participation Network

Richard Phillips

DLR Public Participation Network

Tony McCarthy  

DLR Public Participation Network

Gina Hogan,

Loughlinstown, Shankill  LPF

Reverend Asa Bjork

Dun Laoghaire, LPF

Des McHale

Sandyford / Stepaside LPF


Members of the Oireachtas

Deputy Peter Mathews



Alex White, Minister


Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Meeting Dates in 2016 : March 9th, June 15th, November 9th.


Operation of the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Joint Policing Committee. 

While the Garda and DLRCC partnership is central to the effective operation of the JPC it is essential that there is a collective approach to assigning and accepting responsibility

  • JPC members should indicate what they will contribute to its work. All stakeholders have a role to play.
  • All members should be familiar with the Guidelines.
  • All members should know the 3 strategic priorities identified for the year. A constructive and collaborative   approach by all members is required to achieve results
  • All members should promote the work, achievements and success of the JPC through all channels of communication.

Members should be aware that policing issues that are in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area should in the first instance be referred to the relevant Garda Station.

The current Guidelines state that this JPC should be strategic. It should not be a forum for addressing matters of detail. It should set priorities and be action orientated.

The Dún Laoghaire Rathdown  Joint Policing Committee is required to prepare a Six Year Strategic Plan.