Anti-so­cial laws ‘not fit for pur­pose’

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - JOINT POLICING COMMITTEE -

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.

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