COUNCILLORS in the Ballincollig-Carrigaline municipal district are to write to the city’s Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin to request additional garda resources for the Togher district.
The suggestion, which came from Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus McGrath, was supported unanimously by other councillors in the district.
Mr McGrath said that it is something that he and other representatives receive a great deal of correspondence about from members of the public.
“I am speaking across the Togher district — Carrigaline, Douglas, Passage West and other areas — there is a view out there that we do not have sufficient numbers.
“The gardaí are stretched, they are doing their best in terms of who is on duty, but they just simply don’t have the resources and unfortunately, you hear stories of phones not being answered, which is extremely frustrating.”
Mr McGrath said that he understood the local Superintendent in Togher, Charlie Barry, had already requested increased resources and Mr McGrath wanted to lend the support of the Municipal District to that request.
“I want to lend our support as a municipal district towards that because I think that it is undoubted that we do need additional resources.”
Social Democrats Councillor Joe Harris said he was getting reports from constituents about anti-social behaviour which was affecting peoples’ quality of life.
“Some people are afraid to come out of their house after dark in certain areas. While we understand it is a very difficult issue to deal with, additional gardaí are one solution, one help to it and we definitely need more gardaí in the area,” he said.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Mary Rose Desmond said that if you look at the population size in Douglas it is clear that gardaí can’t get to the areas quick enough.
“They just can’t get to areas quick enough. They can’t answer the call-outs, and then all of a sudden you have a black spot, an anti-social area.”
Fine Gael Councillor Deirdre Forde told the room there had been a car break-in at Mount Oval on Saturday night and another on Sunday night.
“Cars were targeted and the gardaí are working on a very clear line of enquiry, they do great work on the ground. We will never have enough gardaí to cover everything but certainly with the challenges that are out there now we could definitely make the case for extra resources, especially in the Douglas and Togher areas.”