Gang travelling to cause mayhem
Deputy Darragh O'Brien's call for more Garda resources for Malahide and Portmarnock follows a spate of attacks recently in the area by gangs of youth, apparently travelling from elsewhere in the county and bent on causing trouble.
Among the recent unsettling incidents reported was one where a gang threw a bottle at a pregnant woman's face and threatened her after she intervened in an apparent attempt to mug a young boy.
The large gang, featuring dozens of youths were mugging and beating up young boys in Portmarnock and Malahide in an apparently planned series of attacks.
Mobile phones are often a target of the mugging although some of the beatings appear to be violence, for violence sake.
Deputy O'Brien said that at least four teens were mugged around Malahide Castle in recent weeks and he had several complaints about large gangs beating up teens and young boys in particular.
A boy also had his jacket and phone robbed at Malahide Train Sation and two boys were attencked and one robbed in Portmarnock village.
having his jacket and phone robbed at Malahide Train Station.
In one particularly bizarre attack, the gang of youths made off with the jeans and runners of their victim.
The gang is reportedly known to local gardaí.
Large gangs of youths bent on trouble taking public transport to places like Portmarnock and Malahide to cause mayhem is not a new phenomenon but its occurrence at this time of year represents an escalation.
Over the last couple of summers, the Fingal Independent has reported on similar large gangs taking the train from Balbriggan and causing trouble in Portmarnock and Malahide, as well as in Donabate.
In a number of those incidents, fights between gangs were pre-arranged on social media and it is thought these latest incidents were also co-ordinated using online platforms.
It is a worrying development for the local community and Deputy O'Brien has met with local gardaí to see assurances from them, that the culprits will be brought to book.
Ultimately though, the TD believes this is a resources issue.
He is arguing for the return of a 24-hour service at Malahide Garda Station and more Garda officers on the beat in Malahide and Portmarnock.
Meanwhile, nervous residents of Malahide and Portmarnock will be hoping there is no repeate of these recent violent incidents.