[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Residents in Newcastle and Rathcoole are calling for increased garda resources to combat an increase in crime in the area.
Rathcoole businesses have reported an increase in break-ins recently, while there have been reports of drug dealing in Newcastle.
Cllr Francis Timmons (Ind) tabled a motion calling for South Dublin County Council to write to Clondalkin garda station and the Minister for Justice to take action on the issue.
Cllr Timmons told Dublin Gazette that one business had been broken in to several times in recent months.
He said: “The problem is, Rathcoole garda station is open from 10am to 8pm, so after 8pm you’re put through to Clondalkin garda station but normally it’s Ballyfermot that responds and it takes about 45 minutes for Ballyfermot to get up to Rathcoole.”
Cllr Timmons added that residents have reported an increase in drug dealing in the Newcastle area.
“Around Newcastle, because there’s no garda on the beat and there’s no sign of a guard, it seems to have become general knowledge in the area that drug dealers are going up to the Newcastle area because there’s no guards there,” he said.
“There’s been an increase in people coming in to the area to use drugs and to sell drugs and the residents up there have had enough.
“They’re just at their wits’ end.”
Residents have held several meetings in relation to the issue but say there has been no change in the situation.
“The reality is, with the garda station, there were five guards on each shift and it’s now down to, I think three,” said Cllr Timmons.
“It’s a part-time garda station. It closes at 8pm and doesn’t open until 10am.
“Rathcoole and Newcastle are two of the biggest growing areas in the whole of South Dublin.
“There’s new houses, new businesses and developments but with that comes additional crime and additional anti-social behaviour.
“What they (the residents) want is garda on the beat. They want a situation that when you ring a guard, a guard will arrive.”
South Dublin County Council have confirmed they will be writing to the Superintendent of Clondalkin garda station and the Minister for Justice on the issue and will notify the Clondalkin Area Committee of their responses.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3”][/vc_column][/vc_row]