Extra gardai have been assigned to Swords and Malahide in a bid to crack down on gang crime and anti-social behaviour.

An additional three officers will this week take up duties in Swords with four more to be based at Malahide Garda Station.

The move has been welcomed by Fianna Fail TD Darragh O’Brien, who held a series of public meetings on crime with Eoghan Murphy and met with local Chief Superintendants to outline his concerns.

He said: “I am pleased that a number of gardai have been assigned to Swords and Malahide and I welcome the appointment of our new Garda Inspector, Dermot McKenna, who has been assigned to the Malahide, Portmarnock and Kinsealy area.

“This is particularly positive news as it means that Inspector Ollie Woods, who is responsible for the Swords sub-district, can now be relieved of having to divide his time between Swords and Malahide [garda] stations.

“I have been advised that a substantial number of additional gardai are to be stationed in the DMR North Division over the next eight months.

“I have detailed the importance of assigning these additional gardai, especially in towns such Donabate and Portrane where the garda presence is still inadequate.”

Deputy O’Brien said he would continue his campaign to have Malahide Garda Station restored to 24/7 service.

Separately, Senator James Reilly (FG) has welcomed news