Town ‘being run by drug dealers and car thieves’

by Sylvia Pownall

TALLAGHT residents are calling for a crackdown on crime in the wake of escalating violence as a result of gang feuds.
Last week a car was rammed off the road by three masked thugs who attacked a man with baseball bats in front of parents and children making their way to school in Killinarden.
Just days later a group of contractors fixing gullies for the council in Glenshane and Rossfield were attacked and robbed, and chased from the estate by youths throwing stones. One terrified Rossfield resident, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal, said: “The area is being run by drug dealers and car thieves and all the actual decent people are gone into hiding.”
Cllr Charlie O’Connor (FF) has called for extra resources, adding: “The gardai need to tackle these issues and protect the local community.”
Cllr O’Connor spoke about the alarming rise in daylight crime and anti-social behaviour at a meeting of South Dublin County Council.
Officials revealed that in 2016 there were 26 reports to the local authority of drug activity, 16 reports of criminal activity, four reports of joyriding and 53 reports of violence, intimidation and harassment.
But it’s feared that this is just the tip of the iceberg and the number of incidents is in reality far greater than the numbers reported.
He called on Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to allocate more resources to Tallaght adding: “The decent people of the council’s estates must be protected from this disgraceful behaviour.”
Last week’s violence in Killinarden is a result of an escalating dispute in the area.
All three men involved were wearing balaclavas and the incident happened at 9am.
One male in his 20s was taken to hospital after the brutal and sustained attack which took place close to a local primary school.
Last month dad-of-three Stephen Lynch died after a horrific hit-and-run incident near his home in Brookview Close, Tallaght at around 7pm which was witnessed by children.
One theory being pursued is that the 32-year-old was targeted for telling four men in a Ford Focus to slow down.

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