Jack Chambers slams crime rate at public meeting

by Sylvia Pownall
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“Those living in the greater Blanchardstown area need every Garda support," said Jack Chambers

Dublin West TD Jack Chambers hosted a public meeting last week calling for a crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Fianna Fail Deputy said the Government’s inaction on crime and the poor level of resources provided to An Garda Siochana could not continue.

He was speaking after a public meeting on local safety concerns held in Huntstown Community Centre attended by his party colleague and Justice spokesman, Jim O’Callaghan.

Deputy Chambers said: “This government has long ignored the seriousness of the crime-related issues in our area while presiding over a decrease in Garda presence across Dublin.

“Following a number of assaults, robberies and incidents of intense anti-social behaviour in our area in recent times, residents are feeling particularly fearful for their safety. This cannot be let continue unaddressed.

“From my perspective, it was important to offer the public an opportunity to share their concerns in an open forum and that their contributions or suggestions are followed up on their behalf with key stakeholders.

“It is clear from our meeting that local residents are fed up with feeling unsafe in their own homes and should no longer feel uncomfortable going about their daily lives.

“Those living in the greater Blanchardstown area need every Garda support.

“I wish to see the introduction of additional measures to prevent criminals targeting entirely innocent, vulnerable citizens. Gardai must be properly resourced to protect our community. Enough is enough.”

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