Task Force Urgently Required for Cuthberts Park – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has written to senior Gardaí and Council Management urging the setting up of a Task Force to tackle ongoing problems in St Cuthberts Park. The call comes following a spate of joyriding and car burning in and close to the Council owned public amenity.
Cllr Ó Broin said:
“Anti-social behaviour has been a problem in St Cuthberts Park for some time. Illegal dumping and reckless use of quads and scramblers have caused significant damage to this valuable public amenity.
“However, in recent weeks, the situation in and near the park has deteriorated significantly. On an almost nightly basis, cars are being stolen, driven around the park and then set alight.
“Last night, two more cars were burnt out and left at the side of the park. Residents are now simply too scared to use the park even during the day.
“Last April, I met with senior Council management and urged them to establish a high level Task Force to reclaim St Cuthberts Park. Such a forum must involve Council Management, Gardaí at Superintendent level, elected representatives, and the local community.
“The purpose of the task force would be to develop a plan to reclaim the park. It would not be a talking shop but a working group with agreed actions, timelines and resources.
“Since April, the situation has gone from bad to worse. I have contacted the Council again urging them to establish the Task Force. I have also contacted the Gardaí at Superintendent and Community level seeking meetings.
“No one agency has the power to solve this problem, but unless we work together at a sufficiently senior level and take co-ordinated action then this valuable public amenity will remain a no-go area for residents. We cannot and must not allow this to happen.”