Fianna Fáil Dublin-Central General Election candidate, Mary Fitzpatrick has said without sustained investment in the North City, communities will continue to be put under siege by crime and anti-social behaviour.

Mary explained, “There have been significant issues related to Garda resources in our area for some time now and the Gardaí themselves are facing major difficulties trying to police while under staffed, under resourced and under pressure.

“Despite a spike in crime in recent years, the people of Dublin Central have lost over 150 Gardaí since 2010 and have endured the closure of two local Garda stations in Fitzgibbon Street and Whitehall. Cabra continues to operate on reduced hours and closes at 9pm each night.

“Fianna Fáil recently used its Private Members time in Dáil Éireann to highlight the decrease in Garda resources in the Capital and called for additional Garda numbers across Dublin city and county.

She added, “The work undertaken by the Drumcondra CCTV Action Group is very important in identifying solutions such as CCTV, improved public lighting and public domain design to improve residents’ safety in the area.

“I will be providing an update on the latest agreed actions aimed at strengthening our response to criminality on our streets and preventing criminals from targeting vulnerable Dubliners.

“Juvenile crime and repeat offenders under the age of 18 both remain problems in the inner city that urgently require attention from authorities.

“I will be addressing these issues along with our party Spokesperson on Justice, Jim O’Callaghan and local Councillor Paul McAuliffe at a public meeting that I am hosting this Tuesday evening.

“The meeting is being held in The Maples Hotel, Iona Road, Dublin 9 at 8:30pm.

She concluded, “Making our community safer through the prevention of crime must remain a priority for this Government.”