Peadar Tóíbín TD raises rise in anti-social behaviour in Meath in Dái
Sinn Féin TD for Meath West, Peadar Tóibín TD today raised the worrying increase of anti-social behaviour and certain categories of crime in County Meath in the Dáil today.
Deputy Tóibín said:
“There is a serious problem developing in towns around the country. Significant areas within our towns are been ceded to thugs, crime and drug dealers. Certain public parks and playgrounds in towns such as Navan are taken over on sunny days by adults consuming alcohol in public spaces. Drugs are being openly sold and consumed in broad day light in our town squares.
“There are well over 400 assaults in Meath every year. Homicide figures, which include murde and manslaughter, are at their highest levels for nine years. Sexual offences are trending upwards over the last 12 years.
“We know that between the years of 2011 and 2015 there has been a significant fall in the number of Gardaí in the county. Trim, Summerhill, Longwood, Kilmessan, Enfield, Ballivor, Kells a significant fall, Crossakeel, Laytown, Dunshaughlin and Ashbourn have all lost Gardaí.
“Indeed the county as a whole lost 25 gardaí as a whole during this time. We lost 2 Garda stations in the county during this time in Kilmessan and Crossakiel. On average just €4000 per annum has been saved on utilities and maintenance per station.
“Existing laws of the State are not being implemented to their full limit. Navan is hammered with dereliction yet the Derelict Sites Act has seldom being used by the council.
"According to the council it’s far too cumbersome to get the required objective. The Residential Tenancies Act is not being enforced.
“Council Bye Laws are also being flouted. Residents are not aware of their rights. It does not have to be this way, we must build neighbourhoods that people can be proud of. We must take back our public spaces. We must ensure better planning for the new building that is about to start.
“There will be a public meeting on crime, drug dealing and anti-social behaviour on the 11th of July at 8pm in the Newgrange Hotel, Navan, where solutions to these chronic problems will be discussed. Everyone is welcome to join.”