Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has written to Garda James Cannon and Meath County Council CEO Jackie Maguire following the surge of dangerous anti-social behaviour on Bettystown Beach.
Deputy Munster said:
“Residents and holidaymakers in Bettystown and Laytown are angry that this problem is not being taken more seriously and have called for a greater Garda presence in the area.
“One lady who contacted me said she was playing football on the beach with her three young children at 4.45 one evening last week when a car driven by three or four youths sped through the bollards of the ‘no car zone’, weaving in between children playing football, only narrowly missing one of them in the process.
“ Speeding past the life guard’s hut they brazenly proceeded to do ‘donuts’ further up the strand without any fear of being stopped.
“The beach was packed with families enjoying the sunny weather at the time.
“A female Garda who arrived 25 minutes after being called was hardly in a position to confront this unruly group of lads on her own.
“According to locals this type of behaviour is a regular occurrence on the beach especially in the summer evenings.
“And it’s not only the %