THE Gardai are to start patrolling two southside estates 24 hours a day.
Units from Roxboro Road have started to provide a presence on the ground in Prospect and Ballinacurra Weston, it was revealed yesterday.
The move will give residents of the estate - which suffers from anti-social behaviour - a major boost.
Just this week, residents approached the Leader to highlight the desecration of the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto in Ballinacurra Weston.
The shrine was described as “the worst looking grotto in Limerick” by activist Joe Lynch.
Fianna Fail TD Willie O’Dea welcomed the gardai’s move.
“Many residents in the Prospect and Ballinacurra Weston areas have been in touch with me about the constant anti-social behaviour they are dealing with. In recent months this behaviour has worsened and has become unbearable particularly at night time for some residents.”
The former Defence Minister said this will mean there will be a constant presence of a garda patrol car to deal with any issues which may arise.
Mayor Jim Long, also a southside councillor, gave a cautious welcome to the plan.
“I will adopt a wait and see attitude for progress on this,” he told the Limerick Leader, “We need to see foot patrols and a garda car on the beat. It gives a boost of confidence to the people.”
“We have requested for a long number of months that patrols are increased here,” he concluded.