Lobbying: Willie O'Dea PICTURE: ADRIAN BUTLER
LIMERICK council has agreed to install a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera to help combat anti-social behaviour in a northside estate.
The CCTV at Canon Breen Park in Thomondgate will be monitored from the Moyross community centre, and come following lobbying by Willie O’Dea.
He said: “Many residents have been in touch with me about the consistent problem of anti-social behaviour in Thomondgate and in particular around Canon Breen Park. Many areas of Limerick have experienced very severe anti-social behaviour, particularly from gangs of youths congregating in large numbers and wreaking havoc in the local area. The camera in Canon Breen Park will assist the Gardai in locating the trouble spots and pin pointing the culprits."
The cameras will be installed on a trial basis within the next month.
Sinn Fein councillor John Costelloe, who has also raised the issue of anti-social behaviour on the northside at local authority meetings, welcomed the move.
He said: “It’s a welcome development, and not before time. We have had years of anti-social behaviour. We are also in the process of closing a laneway in Canon Breen Park which has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour. I have been working with residents in the area to try and close it, and it is in the process of happening.”
This matter is progressing through the planning stage.