Concerns: Deputy Maurice Quinlivan
CONCERN is growing in the King’s Island area, following an upsurge in anti-social behaviour that has been, allegedly, initiated by a small group of young children over the past few weeks.
According to a number of sources, “young criminals” in the area have been responsible for a number of serious incidents in the area, namely house break-ins, burnt-out cars, physical attacks, damage to Regeneration houses and house window break-ins.
Sinn Féin TD, Maurice Quinlivan said that there is a “strong community” in the area, but that there is a “small group of young people from dysfunctional families who are running riot”.
“You have a very good community — an older community — and I would advise them all to contact the anti-social behaviour officer in the council, or to contact the local gardaí with any information that they have. We all need to work together on this,” he said.
Cllr John Gilligan said that local residents have been able to identify the young people involved to the gardaí. He added that cars are being damaged in Lee Estate and that there has been activity in Assumpta Park.
“The first thing that I call for is that parents have responsibility to ensure that they know where their children are. They also have a responsibility to make sure that they do not interfere with the lives of the people on the Island. There are enough problems on King’s Island that we do not need,” he said.
Commenting on the anti-social activity in the area, Cllr John Costelloe said:
“The people know who is doing the damage in their community. People need to be brave and stand up for their community.”
Local gardaí have urged the public to come forward with information and have said that there is a strong possibility that there is “under-reporting” of crimes.
Gardaí are currently investigating all reports.
“We would ask that if people do observe something, that they pick up the phone and tell us what is actually happening there.”
People can contact a confidential line at 1800 666 111 or Henry Street garda station at 061-212400.