Cllr Watters Calls For Cross Border Approach to Deal With Boy-Racers

Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has called for a cross border approach to deal with the on-going problem of ‘boy racers’ in the North Louth / South Armagh area.

Cllr Watters said “everyone has the right to go about their daily business without fear and this nuisance is causing fear. I have received numerous complaints from people in the community about this behavior which appears to be pre-planned events by the boy racers.”

Cllr Watters has been liaising closely with his Sinn Féin colleague in the north, Liz Kimmons who this week welcomed a commitment from the PSNI to tackle the scourge on the north side of the border. However, Cllr Watters feels that needs to be built on. “It is great that the PSNI have taken a pro-active approach in this but the reality is that when these people are stopped their racing in that area, they are going to just rearrange to race in North Louth so we need to have a joined up approach in dealing with the issue rather than allow it to move from one jurisdiction to the other.”

Cllr Watters has requested a joint meeting with An Garda Siochaná and the PSNI, together with Cllr Liz Kimmons and it is hoped several issues relating to these boy racers will be addressed.

“When these boy racers congregate there are a number of things that happen; the noise alone is very disruptive to residents in the area and as these are regular events it has the effect of making people nervous or afraid to leave their homes; the cars are causing an obstruction on the road and other motorists are being forced to try and manoeuver their way through them. I have received a complaint from a female driver in particular who was driving alone and felt very uncomfortable and was quite shaken as she arrived on the scene on her route home. That is not good enough.”

“This is anti-social behavior and an infringement on people just going about their daily business. This behavior is a danger to pedestrians, householders and drivers alike. We need to all work together to tackle this scourge before it escalates even further and ends up in tragedy.”

Cllr David Saurin: Action Needed on Rathmullan Anti-Social Behaviour

Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has criticised both Louth County Council and the Gardaí for failing to deal with the ongoing anti-social behaviour in Rathmullan Estate.

Cllr Saurin said “The issue of anti-social behaviour in this area has been long running and feel their voices are not being heard and their concerns are not being addressed by the relevant authorities. They have been promised several initiatives to address and counter these activities by Louth County Council and the Gardaí and yet the issue is as prevalent as ever.”

One of the issues that residents are concerned about is the use of motor scooters being driven at speed through the estate. Cllr Saurin said “They are being driven on roads and footpaths alike at all hours of the day and night with no regard for the safety of residents going about their daily business or young children out playing.”

A separate issue is the deliberate vandalising of street lights in the back alleys. Cllr Saurin feels this is done to facilitate drug dealing. He has called for these lights to be replaced in a more timely fashion. “The Gardaí seem to be unable to get a handle on the situation with no arrests having been made for this behaviour and between themselves and the Council there seems to be a lack of urgency in solving the problems in this area.”

“Louth County Council some time ago announced the launch of a Cross Directive Initiative aimed at providing solutions to the problems” according to Cllr Saurin, “more speed ramps were promised, particularly along the stretch of road in the estate from the shop through to Ballsgrove, these are still to be installed along with other long term measures such as infill housing. It was also promised that the residents would be consulted as part of the process to finding a solution and this has yet to happen.”

“It is unacceptable that a small number of individuals are allowed to disrupt the lives of the majority with impunity.  Louth County Council needs to implement the current anti-social policy in regard to these individuals and if necessary evict the perpetrators. The residents realistically know that these issues won’t be resolved overnight but it is not unrealistic of them to expect some results in the fight against the anti-social element in their estate. Action not words is what the community wants to see from both Louth County Council and the Gardaí.

Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú – Avenue Road Community is in shock after incident

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú visited the scene on the Avenue Road in Dundalk today following reports of a stabbing incident.

The incident occurred around 9am where one man has died and two others were injured.

Cllr Ó Murchú said “I have spoken to Gardaí and one man has been confirmed dead. The community is in shock and they are appalled to hear what has happened. I want to also commend the actions of the Gardaí as they were summoned to the scene they were able to disarm the attacker and have subsequently arrested him.”

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died and we wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured.”

 

Kenneth Flood Welcomes Gardaí Contact facility for Elected Representatives

Councillor Kenneth Flood has welcomed a new dedicated email facility set up by Gardaí for elected representatives.

Cllr Flood who is Chairperson of the South Louth Joint Policing Committee said “As Sinn Féin public representatives we listen to and work closely with the public, community groups and clubs throughout the county. In the course of our work we have received many complaints that non-emergency calls to the Garda went unanswered or were not followed up.

“We, as Councillors, would get a range of reports that have concerned citizens and they either haven’t reported it to the Gardaí or have received no response and have been left frustrated.

“For instance, a resident may want to report a car or individuals acting suspiciously on an-ongoing basis; Strange callers to an elderly relative’s house or people behaving in an anti-social manner on a street corner, lane-way or green-space close to their homes; A person may suspect criminal behaviour but not witness a criminal act first hand.

” Now there is this new dedicated email facility for public representatives. We can report the concerns of the men and women in Louth that come to us and know it will be reported to the Garda responsible for that neighbourhood and Gardaí up the chain of command and all the way to The Chief Superintendent.”

“I would urge anyone who has any on-going community policing concerns to contact their local Sinn Féin Team so we can help in reporting it and resolving it through contact with the Gardaí. But please remember, if it is an emergency situation please dial 999.”

 

Emergencies:

You should call 999 or 112 in the case of an emergency. An emergency is any incident which requires an immediate Garda response. Examples of emergencies are:-

  • A danger to life
  • Risk of serious injury
  • Crime in progress or about to happen
  • Offender still at scene or has just left

 

Non-emergencies can be reported on:

Drogheda Garda Station – (041) 987 4200

Dundalk Garda Station – (042) 938 8400

Ardee Garda Station – (041) 685 3222

Carlingford Garda Station – (042) 937 3102

 

 

Cllr Cunningham Calls for Rural Garda Station Timetable

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has called for Garda Stations in Mid-Louth and indeed throughout the county to publicise their opening hours to allow constituents to access their services more easily.

Cllr Cunningham raised the issue at the Mid-Louth JPC (Joint Policing Committee) meeting last week. Afterwards he said “if the Gardaí could post a timetable as to when they are open it would be very helpful for people to arrange small administration jobs like getting passports signed etc.  Rather than people being inconvenienced and visiting a closed station several times, they could perhaps check a published timetable.”

“I appreciate that the opening hours are dependent on staffing levels in the stations but even if a timetable was posted weekly on the website or on the station door, that would be ok too.”

Gardaí Superintendent Trainor who is based in Ardee agreed with the concerns raised and will be looking into providing a timetable for the area.