Gardaí plan meet­ing over teen be­hav­iour

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

GARDAÍ say they have not turned a blind eye to the prob­lems in Irishtown, and have a meet­ing lined up on the mat­ter over the com­ing days.

Su­per­in­ten­dent John McDon­ald said gangs of 12 to 16-year-olds gather in Irishtown on Sun­day evenings.

Supt McDon­ald said: ‘ There are a per­cent­age of the peo­ple who are not in­volved in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. We have en­gaged with the com­mu­nity up there and have tried to re­solve these is­sues over a pe­riod of time. We have a fur­ther meet­ing ar­ranged to see if we can progress the is­sue.’

He said gardaí have spo­ken di­rectly to the youths as they do not want to have to re­port them to their par­ents, but will if that is what is re­quired.

‘A lot of the young­sters we have en­gaged with have been very re­spect­ful and we’ve had no is­sue with them, but there have been some ar­rests.’

Supt McDon­ald said it is un­fair to blame the youths for lit­ter­ing, point­ing out that there is al­ways a lot of lit­ter left be­hind by GAA fans af­ter matches and by vis­i­tors to the sea­side.

‘ That is not to say that it makes it jus­ti­fi­able. We are en­gag­ing with dif­fer­ent groups, high­light­ing all these is­sues. This hap­pens a place where they con­gre­gate. We have had to tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in other ar­eas of the town, in­clud­ing in the town park, and this hap­pens to be an­other area. Un­for­tu­nately we’ve had to deal with it and have had to been force­ful.’

The is­sue of gang men­tal­ity and a sus­pected ring­leader from New Ross are also be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

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