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Mitchell calls for Garda crackdown on joyriders in north Dublin

19 July, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has called for the Gardaí to crackdown on joyriders who have been plaguing local residents in north Dublin, particularly in the Darndale area, for the last number of weeks.

Deputy Mitchell said:

“Local residents are at their wits' end with this behaviour by a small gang of individuals. Several times in recent weeks a number of cars have been stolen and driven at high speeds through this residential area all night and into the early hours of the morning, with the cars then being burned-out and blocking drives and roads.

“Sinn Féin Councillors have repeatedly raised this issue at the area's Joint Policing Committee. We understand that gardaí in Coolock are under pressure in terms of resources, however I am asking them to make tackling these thugs a priority. Residents cannot continue to endure this activity on their streets and if it is not stopped then it is only a matter of time before somebody is seriously injured or killed by the reckless activities of these people.

“This scourge is also placing huge strain on our fire services and on Dublin City Council's clean-up crews. Local residents feel they are being ignored by the Gardaí, and that can't continue.

“I would also call on the leadership of An Garda Síochána to reverse their cuts in the number of gardaí assigned to Coolock station over the last few years, as well as the cuts to the local anti-drugs unit. The gardaí need to have all the resources they need to get a handle on this immediately.”

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