‘A Community approach to policing in towns such as Kells is an absolute necessity,’ according to local Fianna Fáil Senator Thomas Bryne. Senator Byrne was speaking following a meeting of the Kells Joint Policing Committee in the St. Vincent’s De Paul Hall, Kells last week.
‘There was a frank exchange of views and I was delighted to see that there was full representation from the Kells Fianna Fáil Team.’
‘I would urge local people to report all crimes to the Gardai to ensure that the crime figures for the area are accurate and resources are allocated as is needed.’
Local County Councillor, Bryan Reilly stated that ‘it was a very informative meeting with people expressing forthright views. We need to see larger attendances from the public at future meetings to ensure full representation.’
Town Councillor, Frankie Lynch said that ‘he hoped lessons would be learned from the experiences recounted by members of the public at the meeting and that the JPC would be a useful mechanism for community policing.’
Cllr. Sean Drew went on to say that ‘it was a welcome opportunity for members of the community to present their concerns and frustrations regarding criminal behaviour in the town directly to the relevant authorities and that he would be working hard to source funding for CCTV installation in specific parts of the town and to see the implementation of the CPO provisions of the Derelict Sites Act for vacant and derelict properties in Kells.’
Kells Fianna Fáil also welcomed the confirmation at the public meeting that the fencing off of the open wasteland at McNally’s in Maudlin is due to be erected shortly by the Council.