CCTV: Cllr John Costelloe
THERE have been renewed calls for CCTV cameras to be installed in the Thomongate area of Limerick city as the first anniversary of the murder of pensioner Rose Hanrahan approaches.
Cllr John Costelloe highlighted the continuing absence of CCTV cameras in the locality at a meeting of the Metropolitan District Joint Policing sub-committee.
He said there have been two murders in the Thomondgate area over the past year and that there are a large number of elderly and vulnerable people living in the locality.
He said CCTV cameras would help reassure people living in the Thomondgate area and would assist gardai in preventing and solving crime.
Cllr Costello said the has made particular efforts, over the past year, to get CCTV cameras installed at the junction of High Road and New Road but to no avail.
”We have a pole, we have wires, we have a junction box but we have no cameras,” he said adding the delay is “not good enough” given the concerns that exist in the area.
The Sinn Fein counciillor noted that temporary cameras which were installed at Old Cratloe Road earlier this year had helped resolve issues relating to antisocial behaviour “in a matter of weeks”.
The sentiments expressed by Cllr Costelloe were endorsed by members of the JPC although, it was noted that the installation of CCTV cameras is a matter for the local authority and not gardai.
”We need to push CCTV in the Thomondgate,” he said.
At the same meeting, Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon called for additional CCTV cameras to be erected in the Garryowen area to combat antisocial behaviour.
He said cameras which were installed near Garryowen Green in recent years have been effective but that more are needed – particularly “down near the well”.