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Connemara car thieves must be stopped – Ó Clochartaigh

29 June, 2015

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh is calling on the Gardaí to make more resources available to stop a small group of car thieveswho are causing havoc in Connemara.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“I have written to the Garda authorities locally with concerns that have been raised with me in relation to 'joyriding' incidents in Connemara recently.

“I am told that things are getting particularly out of hand in Ceantar na nOileáin at the moment (Lettermore/Lettermullen/Beal a'Daingean).

“I understand that there have been a number of pursuits and that Gardaí and other people have been put in grave danger - high speed chases, rocks left on roads in front of squad cars, etc. I believe that a tow truck had a brick thrown at its windscreen while transporting a suspect vehicle on Saturday night and that a female driver was persistently and maliciously collided with recently as well by out of control youths.

“I understand that these types of incidents are becoming more and more frequent and that it is thought that only a small number of individuals are responsible. I believe there is an ongoing issue of inadequate resources to police these matters, both from a detection and a follow up role and in a preventative manner by patrolling when these incidents tend to occur.

“I have asked the local Chief Superintendent what can be done to stamp out this unacceptable behaviour before serious injury is done to anyone.

“I would have concern for citizens and Gardaí alike in this regard and certainly the ordinary of people of Connemara do not want to see this type of activity in our area and will assist wherever possible to bring it to an end.” 

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