Fianna Fail TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has expressed concern following an increase in the number of anti-social incidents occurring at the Town Lake in Bailieborough and the Castle Lake over the past number of weeks.

Deputy Smyth explained, “Understandably the good weather is bringing more people out to enjoy the sun and visit our local amenities, however there has been an increase in anti-social behaviour with people drinking, holding late night parties, camping out and vandalising areas around the Town Lake and Castle Lake.  Not only does this destroy our beauty spots, it deters families and older people from visiting these areas.

“During my time on Cavan County Council, I worked closely with council officials and An Garda Síochána to draw up Bye-Laws to protect these beauty spots and to ensure that the Gardaí have the necessary resources and mechanisms to deal with this anti-social behaviour effectively.

“I chair the local community alert scheme and we work closely with the Gardaí to ensure people feel safe in the community, and in particular are not wary of visiting our natural amenities.

“Fianna Fáil is currently working on a policy to specifically target anti-social behaviour.  For too long, anti-social behaviour has been discounted as an “annoyance” or an “inconvenience” rather than being recognised for what it is – criminal behaviour.

“I have written to Cavan County Council and the Joint Policing Committee to request that the existing Bye-Laws are extended to the Castle Lake as a matter of urgency”.