Some relief for Rochestown residents following recent crimes but concerns remain over garda numbers

Some relief for Rochestown residents following recent crimes but concerns remain over garda numbers
Meeting of concerned Mount Oval residents & surrounding areas regarding Douglas Garda resources and antisocial behaviour, at Garryduff Sports Centre, Garryduff. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Gardaí in Douglas have been commended by locals for the marked increase in patrols in the area in recent weeks.

However, some concerns remain over the number of Gardaí that have been assigned to the Cork City Division since the Garda training college opened in Templemore reopened in 2015.

More than 70 people from Douglas and Rochestown attended a meeting of the Rochestown Committee on Monday evening for an update on anti-social behaviour and policing issues in the area.

Sgt Ger McNamara from Douglas station, Superintendent Colm O'Sullivan from Anglesea Street and two community guards also attended, alongside a number of politicians.

Meeting of concerned Mount Oval residents & surrounding areas regarding Douglas Garda resources and antisocial behaviour, at Garryduff Sports Centre. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Meeting of concerned Mount Oval residents & surrounding areas regarding Douglas Garda resources and antisocial behaviour, at Garryduff Sports Centre. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Supt Colm O'Sullivan spoke about the measures residents can take to avoid break-ins while members of the public shared their stories about crime in the area including break-ins, youths opening smoking marijuana in broad daylight, and nighttime threats of violence between groups of youths.

There were also claims that there have been some incidents where the guards were called but no cars were available.

A spokesperson for the group Ann-Marie told the Echo: “Since the initial crisis meeting in September we now have Douglas Garda station open four mornings a week, we have two additional guards, plus two community guards. We have seen a marked increase in patrols in the area also. The guards were commended for this by all in attendance.” 

Fianna Fáil Deputy Michael McGrath spoke at the meeting about the need for even more resources for the area.

He said that since the reopening of the Garda Training College in Templemore in 2015, just 69 new Garda recruits have been stationed in the Cork City Division out of 2,769 graduates in total.

“For me the wider issue is that the Cork City Garda Division is simply not getting its fair share of newly qualified Gardaí and the local Garda management can only do so much with the resources that they have,” Deputy McGrath told the Echo following the meeting.

“The populated area of the Cork City Division has been treated very poorly by Garda HQ and Government when it comes to the allocation of newly qualified Gardaí. That’s what we need to change if we’re to bring about an increase in the number of Gardaí in Douglas/Rochestown, but also in places like Carrigaline and other suburbs,” he added.

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