‘Give area a task force to tackle anti-social issues’ says councillor

by Rachel Darcy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]There have been calls by a local councillor for the introduction of a task force to combat anti-social behaviour in Drimnagh.

Cllr Daithi Doolan (SF) put forward the motion at the Local Area Committee meeting on Wednesday evening, citing that areas surrounding Brickfield Park in the area have fallen victim to serious anti-social acts.

In the motion put forward to the council, Cllr Doolan cites high levels of anti-social behaviour around Halloween night, previously reported by Dublin Gazette.

Cllr Doolan said: “Anti-social behaviour has become a serious problem in Drimnagh’s Brickfield Park and surrounding areas.

“It has led to the destruction of trees, attacks on residents, burning of bins, attacks on Gardai and Dublin Fire Brigade.

“The causes and consequences of this behaviour must be tackled. It is unacceptable that residents, young and old, are terrified to use the park or to walk the streets after dark.

“I am calling for the establishment of a task force which will be solution-focused and short-lived.”

The task force called for by Cllr Doolan will consist of members of Dublin City Council, An Garda Siochana, Drimnagh residents, political representatives and individuals from local youth services.

It is expected the task force will report back to the South Central Area Committee on a monthly basis, and will cease to exist as soon as urgent anti-social issues in the area are rectified.

Cllr Doolan said: “As a local resident I firmly believe that it is only by working together will we end anti-social behaviour [in the area].

“It cannot be left to Gardai or Dublin City Council.

“A truly integrated, inter-agency approach has worked in other parts of Dublin. I am confident it will work here, too.

“Everyone, including the young people themselves, have a responsibility to make Drimnagh a safer, better place to live, work and play in.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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