Stronger Garda response needed to tackle city criminals

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Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan. Pic. Emma Jervis/ Press 22
Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan. Pic. Emma Jervis/ Press 22

A STRONGER Garda response is needed to tackle a surge in criminal activity on the northside of Limerick City.

That’s according to Limerick City Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan who says that local residents have been intimidated by some of those involved in the increased level of crime and anti-social behaviour.

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“There has been a surge of criminal activity in the Northside of Limerick City recently and a stronger Garda response is needed to stamp out this illegal behaviour and assure residents of their safety in their own communities.

“I understand members of a criminal gang have been attacking each other in recent times and it needs to be addressed by An Garda Síochána as a matter of urgency. I am concerned about local people living with this criminal activity in their neighbourhoods.

“Some residents in parts of Moyross and Ballynanty in the last few days have had to witness criminality, attacks, anti-social behaviour, and often suffer intimidation at the hands of individuals who have no respect whatsoever for the law.

“I grew up in Ballynanty and it still is a great estate with brilliant people. Moyross is also a great community and both areas deserve properly resourced policing to ensure a robust Garda response.”

Deputy Quinlivan said he has contacted Gardaí in Limerick to express his “huge concern of possible dangers to the public.

“Sinn Féin will continue to push for more coordinated action through Limerick City and County Council, social services and the Gardaí to totally stamp out this problem,” he said.