Res­i­dents feel ‘ne­glected and ig­nored’ over crime

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

LO­CAL Fianna Fáil TD, Dar­ragh O’brien said Fin­gal res­i­dents are feel­ing ‘ne­glected and ig­nored’ by Gov­ern­ment, hav­ing to en­dure an in­crease in crim­i­nal­ity in the county.

Deputy O’brien held the first of a se­ries of planned pub­lic meet­ings with Malahide based County Coun­cil­lor, Eoghan O’brien last week to dis­cuss the cur­rent is­sues sur­round­ing crime and polic­ing in the re­gion. A num­ber of lo­cal se­nior Gar­daí in­clud­ing the Su­per­in­ten­dent and In­spec­tor were in at­ten­dance.

Speak­ing fol­low­ing the meet­ing which over 350 lo­cal res­i­dents at­tended he said: ‘Since 2011, the pop­u­lar­ity of Malahide as a won­der­ful place to live and work has grown ex­po­nen­tially and as a con­se­quence there has been an 8% in­crease in the size of the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion.

‘Over the course of the same pe­riod the num­ber of full time Gar­daí based in the town dropped from 44 to now just 27. These cuts were cou­pled with the down­grad­ing of Malahide Garda Sta­tion from 24/7 to lim­ited hours of op­er­a­tion. It’s ab­so­lutely non­sen­si­cal that this poor and in­ad­e­quate level of Garda re­sources is al­lowed be main­tained in an area that cov­ers three ar­eas; Malahide, Port­marnock and Kin­sealy.

‘Res­i­dents across the county are all too well aware of the num­ber of on­go­ing prob­lems re­lated to crime and are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly frus­trated with the lack of Gov­ern­ment re­sponse. Malahide and the other towns and vil­lages through­out North County Dublin that are deal­ing with pock­ets of crim­i­nal­ity are fan­tas­tic places that should not have to en­dure this neg­a­tiv­ity.’

Deputy O’brien added: ‘The gangs of thugs that have run amok since Oc­to­ber know all too well that lo­cal Gar­daí do not have the ca­pac­ity to deal with the fear and prob­lems they are cre­at­ing for peo­ple. As long as they know Garda re­sources are down, they will likely con­tinue to travel to our area to cause tor­ment and drum up fear.

‘The lo­cal Garda Su­per­in­ten­dent, Ger­ard Don­nelly ac­knowl­edged that it would take at least 10 more Gar­daí than are sta­tioned at present in Malahide for the sta­tion to be re­in­stated as a 24/7 sta­tion.’

The Lo­cal TD con­cluded: ‘I will be mak­ing sure that the Min­is­ter and his Gov­ern­ment col­leagues are aware that I fully back the cam­paign to re-open Malahide sta­tion 24 hours a day 7 days a week to fully pro­tect the safety of res­i­dents.’

Pub­lic meet­ing on crime in Malahide

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