Local Councillor Charlie O’Connor has called for action in respect of crime and anti-social behaviour in the West Tallaght estates.
He discussed the growing problem at the April meeting of the Tallaght Area Committee when Council Management tabled a report on Statisitical Analysis of Anti Social Behavior reported to the Council in the area.
The 2016 report noted that there were 24 reports of drug activity, 16 reports of criminal activity, 4 reports of joy riding and 53 reports of violence/intimidation/harassment.
According to Cllr O’Connor, who is also the Council’s representation on the Local Policing Forum, the situation appears to be worsening and he quoted a resident of Rossfield Estate who had contacted local Councillors regarding the situation who said the area “is being run by drug dealers and car thieves and all the actual decent people are gone into hiding”.
He added that there were many reports of joy riding and burnt out cars and said that the West Tallaght area needs special attention by the Council and particularly by the Gardai.
O Connor also confirmed he had received information later in the week that contractors working for the Council on repairing gullies in Glenshane and Rossfield had been attacked and robbed by youths and that the workers had also been subject to stone throwing.
He has called on the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, to allocate additional resources to the Tallaght Gardai to allow for effective actions to be taken in respect of these matters and stressed that the decent people of the Council’s estates must be protected from this disgraceful behavior.
He also repeated his call to Council Management, made at the TAC meeting, to stress to the Gardai the need to tackle these issues and protect the local community.