Quinlivan welcomes CCTV for Old Cratloe Road
Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has welcomed confirmation by Limerick City and County Council that CCTV will be installed on the Old Cratloe Road in the coming days as a first step in countering the wave of anti-social and criminal behaviour in the area.
There have been multiple reports of assaults, intimidation and other anti-social behaviour by gangs of up to 30 young people in the Old Cratloe Road and Caherdavin areas.
Deputy Quinlivan said:
“Following concerted lobbying by both myself and Cllr John Costelloe, the council have confirmed that CCTV will be in place in the next week. It's initially going in as a temporary measure but we will be asking for a permanent CCTV presence.
“We are also asking for the council to take action to ensure that the field in which Anti-Social elements are congregating is cleared of rubble and trees so that it can no longer act as a shelter and gathering point for these thugs to engage in drink and drug taking.
“The third and most important measure will be an increased policing presence in the area. Gardaí simply do not have the resources and manpower that they need to get on top of this problem.
“The State has a duty to ensure that the rights of decent people to live peacefully in their communities, walk the streets and bring up their families without fear or intimidation are upheld. This issue has gone on for way too long and allowed to fester and worsen. It is time that Limerick Council, the Gardaí, and social services were brought together in a co-ordinated way to tackle this problem.”