Garda response to anti-social behavior in Clondalkin hailed

by Mark O'Brien
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Gardai at Ronanstown have been commended for their efforts in combatting anti-social behavior in North Clondalkin.

Gardai in the area recently seized cannabis herb with a value of €40,000 at apartments near the Rowlagh shops on the Neilstown Road.

In follow up searches quantities of Diamorphine (Heroin) with an estimated value of €50,000, two Taser type stun guns and other drug making paraphernalia were recovered.

Cllr Francis Timmons (Ind) commended the gardai for their efforts.

He said: “After a significant amount of letters from concerned residents, phone calls and emails and following my representations to the Ronanstown Guards, I am delighted that the garda response has been so positive.

“The majority of people in North Clondalkin want to live drug free lives and not be subject to open drug dealing and be free to go about their daily activities without fear of intimidation or feeling harassed.”

Cllr Timmons said he had no doubt that the seizure will have a severe impact on the activities of those involved in drug dealing in the area.

“I am also sure this will send out a clear message that drug dealing around local shops and services is not acceptable and that people will not be intimidated or prevented from living their lives,” he said.

“Especially children and older people should not have to witness what has been happening all too frequently lately.

“I want to thank the guards in Ronanstown garda station, who have been very responsive and are keeping our community safer.

“It also sends out a clear message that the community is being listened to.”

Cllr Timmons said he intends to bring a motion before the Clondalkin Area Committee of South Dublin County Council calling for CCTV to be installed at the Rowlagh shops to assist gardai combat drug dealing in the area.

Cllr Timmons has also welcomed public consultation on the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use.

He said: “People’s drug use should be dealt with as a public health issue rather than as a criminal issue.

“The resources currently used to process the 72% of drug convictions that are for personal possession should be redirected to treatment and support services and to more effective policing of the drugs trade.”

Public consultation remains open until June 30.

The consultation can be accessed via an online questionnaire at https://health.gov.ie/consultations

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