Calls for Garda Station to reopen after rise in anti-social behaviour

by Rebecca Ryan
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Dalkey Garda Station. Picture: Google maps

There are increased calls for Dalkey Garda Station to be reopened as reports of anti-social behaviour in the area is on the rise.

Last week, Dublin Gazette reported numerous incidents including MUGA Pitch at Hyde Park being badly damaged after having been set on fire, assaults in the town, houses being egged, and stones being thrown at cars. In 2011, Dalkey was among the Garda stations that closed nationally as part of the rationalisation programme.

Local election candidate Valerie McDermott (LAB) Dalkey Garda Station said she has been struck by the number of local residents raising issues relating to anti-social behaviour, vandalism and burglary over the last number of weeks.

“On almost every door in Dalkey and the surrounding areas, people have spoken to me about incidents they or their neighbours have been victim to since the Christmas period.

“These range from homes being egged, to cars being broken into and purses being stolen.

“My chief concern is that a lot of older residents say they are afraid of walking alone later in the evening or answering their doors after dark.

“This is an intolerable situation for a community such as Dalkey, which so many of us have been proud to call our home over the years.’’

Ms McDermott has called on the Minister for Justice to examine the potential of re-opening of the station or at minimum, an increase in the number of community gardai appointed to walk the streets.

“A lot of us opposed very strongly the closing of Dalkey Garda Station back in 2012, it was a short-sighted cost-cutting measure during a recessionary period which has since ended.

“Local residents have a right to feel safe in their own homes and in our community.”

McDermott has set up an online campaign to reopen the station at http://chng.it/zN2GWyn9Wg

One local who signed the petition said: “Sick of hearing stories and seeing anti-social behaviour for myself and yet nothing is being done about it.

“We need the station back open.”

While another said: “I am signing this petition as it’s vital our request is heard. There’s an unacceptable amount of anti-social behaviour in Dalkey and surrounding suburbs which needs to stop.

“People should feel safe and they don’t!”

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