Anti-social laws ‘not fit for purpose’
A NUMBER of speakers at the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting in Cahersiveen on Friday said that legislation to tackle anti-social behaviour is “not fit for purpose”.
Councillors Tom Barry and Donal Grady also drew attention to anti-social behaviour in housing estates. Cllr Barry felt that neither Kerry County Council nor gardaí have the tools at their disposal to properly deal with anti-social behaviour. He pointed, in particular, to the issue of bringing horses onto green areas in housing estates.
Cllr Barry also floated the idea of setting up working groups, involving Gardaí and relevant parties, for each of the county’s municipal districts. He also called for a confidential community helpline to be set up to deal with such issues.
Brian Stephenson of Tralee Chamber Alliance pointed out that some counties have trialled community wardens to deal with low-level anti-social behaviour, while the Ballyspillane Local Policing Forum’s asked the JPC to write to Minister Eoghan Murphy to carry out a review of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act.