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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Unruly youths keeping locals awake at night

Kevin Hughes

Published 30/10/2013 | 05:36

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RESIDENTS in Killorglin are living in fear as a result of drink-fuelled anti-social incidents that are keeping them awake throughout the night, a local councillor has claimed.

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RESIDENTS in Killorglin are living in fear as a result of drink-fuelled anti-social incidents that are keeping them awake throughout the night, a local councillor has claimed.

Cllr Michael Cahill has highlighted two areas in the town - Library Place Playground and the Old Railway Bridge - where incidents of anti social behaviour are on the rise and says he has been approached by local residents who are at their wits end over the matter. "Families and people living alone are in fear as a result of these ongoing disturbances and have a basic right to sleep peacefully in the safety on their own homes, this anti social behaviour has to stop now," the independent councillor said.

The two locations have long been on the radar of local gardaí who say they are monitoring the situation. Indeed, when the playground was first opened in 2007, The Kerryman highlighted increasing incidences of anti social behaviour, including suspected drug dealing and graffiti in the town centre facility late at night.

The playground remains unlocked at night due to Kerry County Council policy aimed at discouraging people from congregating in areas that are locked out of sight, but Cllr Cahill says that this will change if a responsible group can take charge.

"I have been in contact with Kerry County Council Risk Control Officer Vincent Foley who is responsible for playgrounds and he has confirmed that a lock and key will be made available to any group or organisation in Killorglin that is prepared to take responsibility for locking the playground at night and opening it each morning," he said.

"In this regard, I have been in contact with the South Kerry Development Partnership and Mary Clifford has agreed to investigate the possibility of a member of the Rural Social Scheme in Killorglin carrying out this job," he added.

Meanwhile, Cllr Cahill says that incidents at the Old Railway Bridge involving large groups of youths are continuing to cause concern to local residents and added that there were several exits which led to easy 'getaways'.

"There is an accident waiting to happen at the Railway Bridge, somebody will be seriously hurt or killed if this is not stamped out," the councillor warned.

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