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19th May 2020 | Community, Crime, Press Releases

New approach is needed to tackle escalation of crime in Bluebell – Patrick Costello TD

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Green Party TD for Dublin South-Central, Patrick Costello, has condemned the escalating violence in Bluebell, Dublin 12, following yesterday’s discovery of a body in a house which Gardaí are treating as suspicious.

Commenting on the events, Deputy Costello said,

“Yesterday’s events that unfolded in Bluebell are merely the latest in a series of devastating incidents that have shocked the entire community.

“There has been an obvious rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour in the area since lockdown restrictions were put in place, with numerous incidences of gunshot violence in recent weeks that have left residents too scared to leave their own homes.

“This criminal activity bears absolutely no reflection on the people of Bluebell and surrounding communities. I am aware of great work being done by youth services on the ground, helping to divert children and young people away from criminal activity, as well as local policing forums and local community groups.

“However, the reality is that there is a lack of policing in this area and it needs to be strengthened if we are to tackle the rise in criminality. Gardaí should be visible and engaged in these communities and developing mutually respectful partnerships to achieve community safety.

“Additionally, providing bikes to Gardaí and increasing motorbike patrols of estates would also allow for more effective patrolling and would be a much cheaper option than some of the high-tech resources Gardaí in other communities are provided with.”

Local Councillor for the Ballyfermot-Drimnagh area, Sophie Nicoullaud, added,

“It is incredibly frustrating that local representatives from the area are not kept in the loop for transparency. There is no communication whatsoever between us, the Gardaí, and Dublin City Council. How can we continue to work on the ground to improve safety in communities if we aren’t privy to what is going on? It’s not good enough.”

Deputy Costello concluded,

“Families and individuals are being left terrified by this rising epidemic. At a time when many communities complain that they don’t even know who their local community police are, it is imperative that we work to implement a community-led approach so that people can begin to feel safe again.”