Fingal increase in anti – social behavior directly linked to decreased Garda numbers- Louise O’Reilly
Sinn Féin General Election candidate Louise O’Reilly commented, “There is now a vital need for more stringent policing in the North County and Fingal area.”
Ms. O’Reilly made the comments in light of a shocking report revealing a staggering 44% increase in violent assaults in Swords alone in the first 5 months of this year, comparable to the same period last year.
Ms. O’Reilly said:
“This has been an on- going and increasing problem, particularly in Swords.
With one aggravated burglary per month to date in 2015; 13 assaults causing harm, and a 95% increase in the possession of illegal drugs charges –in just 12 months, it is clear that a revision of policing has reached a critical state in the Fingal area.
"Swords is a large town on the outskirts of Dublin with very quick access to the M1 and M50 motorways, with a lack of Garda presence this makes it a haven for opportunistic burglars." She added.
Balbriggan Cllr Malachy Quinn commented:
“My clinic and inbox is receiving continuous reports of instances of anti – social behaviour and criminal intimidation.
Residents are scared in their own homes and have all but lost faith in the Garda service as they struggle to stretch themselves to oversee each report, but it is simply not possible as there aren’t enough resources to address the problem as it is.”
There are currently three operating Garda stations in the area; Swords, Balbriggan and Malahide. Malahide station is closed from 9pm – 7am each night.