Tallaght: ‘Behaviour by select few was disgusting’

by Mark O'Brien

TALLAGHT residents took to social media to showcase the real Tallaght following shocking scenes of anti-social behaviour on Friday night.

 

Nine men were arrested following looting of several premises in the Jobstown and Citywest areas, including the destruction of the Lidl supermarket at Fortunestown Lane by a stolen digger.

 

Locals expressed disgust at the action of the small minority and took to social media to highlight the community spirit shown during the snow storm.

 

Using the hashtag #ThisIsTallaght, locals highlighted the work done by locals in helping to clear roads and footpaths and help their neighbours.

 

In Aylesbury, over 100 people turned out to clear roads of snow and ice, while others checked in on elderly neighbours and brought groceries to those who couldn’t get outside.

 

In Jobstown, there were reports of locals bringing out hot drinks to emergency service personnel who attended the scene of the disturbances.

 

On Saturday morning, a truck delivering goods to Centra in Kingswood was unable to drive to the store so locals packed goods into their cars and delivered them to the store.

 

Local representatives condemned Friday night’s events, saying that they were not representative of Tallaght.

 

Cllr Martina Genockey said: “Our community here in Tallaght has shown strength in the eye of a literal storm and the behaviour by this select few is nothing short of disgusting.”

 

Dublin South-West TD, Colm Brophy (FG) said: “The type of outrageous behaviour we witnessed tonight has no place in our community. It detracts from the excellent work being done by local community groups during this current weather crisis.

 

Sinn Fein Dublin TD Sean Crowe said on Friday: “It is also important to note that these criminal acts are not representative of the vast majority of good people in Tallaght.  In fact, the people of this area are absolutely fuming at this evening’s events.”

 

Cllr Charlie O’Connor (FF) said that the incidents which took place were not indicative of the good people of Tallaght and must be condemned.

 

“It is important that we protect the image of our area,” he said on Saturday.

 

“I have received countless phone calls from residents and businesses this morning that are deeply upset with how this is perceived.”

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