ARMED gardai from Limerick city are being deployed in the parts of the county to combat the big increase in robberies in the Bruff District.
Members of the traffic corps and the armed regional support unit are reinforcing local gardai’s efforts to quell the crime spree.
A month ago the Leader reported how popular Doon priest Fr Coffey had his house ransacked and a sum of money taken.
Locals expressed outrage at the time and the news that his home was turned upside down again last week led to a public meeting held on Tuesday night in Doon.
Locals say there have been up to 15 burglaries in the parish in the past few weeks. One person told the Leader that some elderly people are afraid to go to mass for fear their property will be broken into while they are out.
Fr Tony Ryan, who announced details of the meeting from the pulpit, said he could well believe that level of worry.
The parish priest said a crowd of over a 100 packed in to the community hall for the meeting he arranged after locals came to him about the number of burglaries.
“There was lot of anger in the room. A lot of people who had been robbed spoke of their experiences. It was a very lively meeting, They shared their concerns over the recent break-ins and their worry for the elderly,” said Fr Ryan.
It was decided to reactivate Community Alert and eight people were elected from the eight parts of the parish.
“We will also be putting pressure on politicians to maintain the garda station in Doon, and invite a representative from the national Community Alert association to hold a meeting on alarms,” he added.
*A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader print edition, dated November 5, 2011