Calls for additional Gardai after hit and run in Ballyfermot

CALLS for additional gardai and security resources in Ballyfermot have been made, in the wake of the recent joyriding incidents, which include a woman injured in a hit and run, and a site for modular housing vandalised.

The woman was crossing Blackditch Road at around 8.30pm on Sunday when she was struck by a car, which was subsequently abandoned. It is believed her injuries are not life threatening.

Garda on patrol September 2016

At the Dublin City Council policing committee meeting on Monday, Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan said extra gardai and security measures are required to address “serious anti social” problems.

Cllr Doolan said: “The site for rapid build housing in Cherry Orchard has been the focus of very serious and dangerous anti social behavior. I commend city council staff in responding to my phone calls that weekend.

“I am now making a direct appeal to Dublin City Council management to properly secure the site. It is a city council site, ear marked for city council development. Therefore, I believe the security of the site is the responsibility of DCC. To leave the site without adequate fencing or security is irresponsible.”

He continued: “If this was a private site we would be demanding proper security for the site. The same standards should apply to DCC sites.”

Local authority staff were intimidated and threatened by youths as they attempted to remove a burnt out stolen car from the site last week.

Joyriders had smashed through security barriers at a green space, which is preparing to house up to 24 families on the local housing list.

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