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Garda misdeployment to The Mall

Dear Denis,

I had a visit from Community Policing, Ursula Hussey, Ken Doogan and Michael Belton on 14th January this year. This was in connection with an agenda among certain people at Longford Swimming Pool to have me barred, despite having done nothing wrong. When this finally happened, so that my story would be believed, I wanted to be seen leaving with a Garda. This happened on the previous Saturday 12th at around 12 noon and Sgt. Declan McGlynn, who attended at that time, commented to the effect that something about that situation didn't add up. At that time, I'd been struggling to complete a project and remaining exams on a Software Development course at the National College of Ireland.

It was suggested to me by many (including Gardai) that I should take the matter up with my solicitor, but as yet haven't done so for two reasons. The first is financial in that I'm awaiting a decision from Social Welfare regarding my claim. The second is that I haven't fully established who my grievance is against, and have an active Freedom of Information request submitted to Longford Co. Co. with a goal of establishing this. On Monday 25th March this year, I sat on a seat in the Mall Complex for two hours warmly dressed in biting winds. My intentions were to gather some information useful to my solicitor, and to gather swimmers' signatures for a petition to have me re-admitted.

I've since abandoned the petition idea due to lack of attendees. In all that time of waiting, I saw very few people and only two that I knew. Without getting up from my seat, I called them over, they came and I spoke to them. I expect one or both were quizzed at reception on entering the complex.

Within 20 minutes of that, a squad car pulled up, and a Garda identifying herself as Lorraine confirmed my identity, and warned me that a complaint was received that I was being a nuisance (if I recall correctly), could face arrest if I showed up there or along the approach road again and that I was to leave the Mall area immediately, which I did. Most distubingly, she expressed concern that the park was used by children.

From my experiences, a Garda would not make a remark like this without a reason, and I don't know what was said to her that prompted this, nor do I know on whose instruction. On leaving, I made my way to the Garda station around 1pm and spoke to a Garda called Clement. I wanted to be clear as to what or where precisely is off limits to me, and the exact nature of the complaint. At that time, he was not able to tell me and I still don't know. The Mall and the road are public places, and while I might have been doing something that certain Francis Sheridan Frank Sheridan Francis Sheridan Longford County Council Longford County Council Longford County Council Great Water Street Longford Co. Longford N39 NH56 Ireland 043 3343000 Longford Sports and Leisure County Longford Sports and Leisure Centre Public Sports Facility The Mall Longford Co. Longford Ireland 043 3346536 043 3346431 1 Longford County Library Longford County Library Longford County Library Town Centre Longford Co. Longford Ireland 043 3340727 people Dan Rooney Dan Rooney (043)3341470 Knockahaw, Dublin Road, Longford Longford Town Council Longford Town Council Longford Town Council 2014-06-01 Noleen Rooney Noeleen Rooney Noeleen Rooney (043)3341470 Knockahaw, Dublin Road, Longford Scoil Eimear Scoil Eimear Longford, Ireland (043) 3341188 Janet McWeeney Janet McWeeney Janet McWeeney Melview, Longford Padraic McWeeney Padraic McWeeney Padraic McWeeney Teacher St. Mels College Longford, Ireland (043) 3346469 (043) 3346905 Scoil Eimear Scoil Eimear Longford, Ireland (043) 3341188 Longford Swimming Club Longford Swimming Club The Mall, Longford, Ireland with Brian Gorman Brian Gorman Carpenter, Joiner Lough Rynn Gatehouse Bed and Breakfast Lough Rynn Gatehouse B&B Rynn Mohill Co. Leitrim Ireland (086)8568284,-7.850177,17z 50 agendas David Sheridan David Sheridan Director Ship My Tri Bike Ship My Tri Bike Suite 17, Redleaf House, Townspark, Co. Longford, Ireland 0 (083)3068781,+Townparks,+Longford/@53.7242402,-7.8034786,15z/ against me didn't like, I was doing nothing against the law.

I would hope that there is some Garda record of who made the complaint and of it's exact nature. This is where need your help. I'm hoping that the Garda record, combined with my Freedom of Information request will help me establish who has been acting against me.

I would also consider these people to have wasted Garda time, particularly if there is no incident recorded on the Sports Complex logs. I would be more than willing to assist should you wish to pursue this.

Finally I'd like to thank your collegues who called to me in January for their courtesy and concern. As things turned out, I finished my course with first class honours! Please pass on my gratitude.