A new 14-seater community policing mini-bus has been launched for the West Cork community by local gardaí.
Last year, at a community stakeholder meeting, there was a discussion on the need for such a bus which prompted local businesses to raise money for it.
Half of the money was raised through one donation, with the other half being paid for by an Garda Síochána.
Chief Supt Con Cadogan said: ‘I am delighted that An Garda Síochána is able to now provide this service to the local community. Hopefully everyone will benefit and make use of this facility.
‘Schools, elderly groups, soccer and GAA clubs are just some of the groups that will benefit. The bus allows the community groups to engage directly with members of An Garda Síochána on a one-to-one basis.
‘I would like to commend the Carbery Group for its community spirit in financially supporting this bus,’ the Chief Supt added.
Local resident Pat Fitzgerald added: ‘It is great to see our local gardaí will be able to engage with us in such a positive way. Garda community engagement is just as important as the enforcement side.’ This free service would see a Garda driver bringing groups to outings and functions. Any group in the West Cork wishing to utilise the bus can contact their local garda station, or Bandon Garda Station on 023-8852200.