Fianna Fáil Local Election candidate in Dublin’s South West Inner City, Ammar Ali has said those living in the area are forced to endure high rates of crime and anti-social behaviour that show no sign of abating without serious Garda intervention.

Ammar is hosting a public meeting on the issue tomorrow night in St. Andrews Community Centre, Rialto Dublin 8 at 7:30pm. The party’s Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart TD will also be present to hear concerns.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Ammar said, “There is a lot of commitment and determination among locals to make our community safer. Just this week the Canals Policing Forum met to discuss how we can approach tackling the issue.

“The latest figures obtained by Fianna Fáil reveal some alarming trends in criminality that must be stamped out in our area. It is frustrating that there has been an increase in damage to people’s property as well as the environment in places such as the Liberties, South Circular Road and Inchicore.

“The majority of the people I have come to know in the locality or those that I have met with are good, honest, hardworking Dubliners that cannot stand criminality. It’s very important it is clearly understood that the high levels of anti-social behaviour and intimidation is caused by the terrible actions of few.

“The escalation in serious gangland associated crime and public disorder has meant that a huge amount of Garda resources are absorbed. We would like to see a greater effort in deterring and preventing the crimes which affects the daily lives of people in our area and to bring about an end to the intimidation and menacing behaviour in public.”