Local Fianna Fáil TD, Jack Chambers says the Government’s inaction on crime and the poor level of resources provided to An Garda Síochana to effectively combat anti-social behaviour in parts of Dublin West will no longer be tolerated.

Deputy Chambers was commenting following his well-attended public meeting on local safety concerns, crime & anti-social behaviour held last night in Huntstown Community Centre, Dublin 15.

This meeting was part of a number being held nationwide by the party’s Justice Spokesperson, Jim O’Callaghan TD to feed into the policy formation process nationally.

He 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.

“The promotion of better visibility and better community policing is a priority for both Jim and I as members of the Oireachtas Justice Committee and are matters we are determined to see progressed.

“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. The Gardaí must be properly resourced to protect our community. Enough is enough,” he concluded.