Commenting on the recent rise in anti-social behaviour and public disorder in Dublin 12, Fianna Fáil Local Election candidate in Ballyfermot Drimnagh, Eoin Neylon said, “The greater Crumlin area had been without a permanent Garda Superintendent until this month and the additional Community Policing supports which were also recently announced for the area are to be welcomed. But it is my view that these can only have a meaningful impact if the historic under-investment in our locality is reversed.

“Our public parks have essentially become no-go areas for fear of intimidation or altercation. This is despite the fact that our community is already left without very many community, sports or youth facilities in comparison to other suburbs of the city.

“The majority of clubs and services that do exist operate on a voluntary basis and are led by privately fundraised money. They have had no alternative in the absence of any Government support.

“Gardaí alone cannot combat the escalation in anti-social behaviour that has been terrorising our community as of late. Yet sadly our district continues to lose essential Youth Workers and to the point that we now have just six covering a population of roughly 80,000 – solid proof that Fine Gael have no interest in the future prospects of those with a Dublin 12 postcode.

“Re-opening of the Pitch and Putt facility at Lansdowne Valley Park as a mixed golf/footgolf course, developing a‘West Dublin Historical Cycle Route’ as a local alternative to the NTA’s proposed project or reclaiming Pearse Park from disrepair and anti-social behaviour could prove beneficial.

“Investing in capital projects such as a new sports pavilion in Brickfield Park, a community library in Drimnagh or a GAA/running track facility between Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard, would all give the young people in our area an equal opportunity to reach their true potential and steer clear of falling into crime or anti-social behaviour.”