With the recent upsurge in violent crime in Rathmullan Estate, local Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has expressed his frustration and anger at what he calls “Louth County Council’s lack of action in dealing with the ongoing anti-social issues in the estate.”
Cllr Saurin said “In recent weeks we have seen explosive devices left on doorsteps, petrol bombings, windows broken in attempts to intimidate a community and to prevent people reporting those responsible for crime to the authorities. The vast majority of people in this area are law abiding citizens trying to live their lives and raise their families to the best of their abilities. As I have said in the past and I say it again, the people in this estate feel abandoned by Louth County Council.”
“Last year a Cross Directive Initiative was launched by the Council to deal with the issues of anti-social behaviour in the estate. To date no measures have been introduced to counter the problem, no new speed ramps, no LED lighting upgrade, no CCTV cameras and no alleyways closed off.”
While Cllr Saurin welcomes initiatives introduced by the Council to deal with the Moneymore Estate he feels that “the residents in Rathmullan appear to have been forgotten, despite the fact that many of the same issues that exist in Moneymore are also prevalent in their estate. It is vitally important that none of our estates are left behind in the fight against anti-social behaviour and drug crime”.
Cllr Saurin is asking that “the Council engage with the residents in the area and listen to the issues first hand from those living in fear in their homes and on the streets of their estate.”
With extra Gardaí allocated to the District, Cllr Saurin welcomed their increased presence in the area and views this as a positive step. “This has provided some comfort to the residents but the fact of the matter is that it is not up to Gardaí alone. This needs to be multi-agency approach between the Gardaí, Louth County Council and the community. Rathmullan Estate needs the Council to step up to the mark and invest in the measures required to help combat this scourge. Rathmullan residents deserve better and refuse to be ignored or left behind.”