Wednesday 22 January 2020

Questions for gardaí on policing the peninsula

Crime rates revealed

Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF)
Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF)

A peninsula councillor has asked a series of questions to local gardaí on policing in Donabate and Portrane.

At a meeting of the Fingal Joint Policing Committeee, Cllr Adrian Henchy said: 'It has been anecdotally reported to me by local residents of Donabate Portrane that on requesting Garda assistance from Swords to the peninsula they have been told there is no car available to go down.'

He asked local gardaí 'Can the Gardaí confirm if this has happened and are there any measures in place to improve the availability of both gardaí and squad cars to travel to Donabate Portrane?'

In response, gardaí said: 'Local Gardaí and patrol cars respond to all calls on a priority basis. There may be some occasions when a patrol car cannot respond due to a higher priority call in other areas. In limited circumstances there may be short term difficulty due to resource restraints such as Gardaí attending court, etc.'

Cllr Henchy then asked: 'Both Friday evenings and Saturdays seem to see once again a significant rise in the gathering of youths both living and visiting Donabate and with this in mind have Garda management any specific plans to increase foot/bike and car patrols of Donabate village to clamp down on the tiny percentage of youths who unfortunately engage in destructive & negative behaviour?'

In response, gardaí issued a written report, stating: 'The issue of anti-social behaviour caused by large gatherings of young people is constantly under review.

'Where information comes to hand specific policing arrangements are put in place.'

Fingal Independent