Thursday November 8th at the Little Theatre in Skerries saw one of the biggest gatherings of North Dublin’s most senior Gardai ever for a meeting of the Fingal Joint Policing Committee. The aim of the meetings is to improve public safety within local communities through a process of partnership between An Garda Siochana, Fingal County Council and the Community.
Joe O’Brien the recently selected local Green Party representative and candidate for the 2014 local elections raised a public safety issue for the residents of Mourne Estate and Kelly’s Bay. Joe, a Mourne View resident stated that:
Throughout this year and even this evening the residents of Mourne Estate and Kelly’s Bay have had to put up with the issue of a small number of people driving dirt bikes at high speed on the green areas and sometime doing wheelies in the middle of the road leading to these green areas. The green areas as simply off limits when this is happening as children and young people are afraid and there is a very significant noise pollution issue.
In addition it is clear that these people do not have tax or insurance and perhaps not even a licence. There is a tragedy waiting to happen on the green when either one of the riders, one of their pillion passengers or perhaps a young child is seriously injured or worse by what is irresponsible and unacceptable behaviour.
Mr. O’Brien also questioned the local Gardai about what is done with calls that are put in my residents of Mourne Estate and Kelly’s Bay on this issue and whether patterns of complaints about particular issues are acted upon.
Mr. O’Brien’s calls for action were supported by the new SCA Chair Martin Russell.
Superintendent Noel Carolan the chief Garda for the area of Fingal that covers Skerries, Balbriggan, Rush, Lusk and Rural Fingal vowed to act on this issue and ‘sort it out’.
Other issues raised by Skerries residents related to ‘boy racers’ speeding on the south strand road at night time and the failure to reinstate road markings on the road leading into Skerries from Lusk.
The Gardai provided some interesting statistics on crime on the local area for the year to date. For the period January to October this year:
Burglaries were up 15% to 271
27% of burglaries happen on a Monday
18% of burglaries happen between the hours of 3am and 4am
Thefts from shops were up 45% to 136
The area in question included Skerries, Balbriggan, Rush, Lusk and rural Fingal