Dublin Rathdown Fianna Fáil candidate, Senator Mary White, has demanded intervention from the Minister for Justice as the rate of burglaries in south Dublin continues to rise. The south Dublin Senator today tabled a motion in the Seanad calling for an emergency debate with Minister Frances Fitzgerald on the issue, after the latest CSO figures revealed an 8% increase in burglaries in the year to March last. Government Senators voted down the motion, allowing the Minister to escape questions in the Seanad on this occasion. It comes ahead of a public meeting in Dundrum next week organised by Senator White in an effort to stop the scourge of burglaries in the south Dublin region. Speakers at the meeting will be Tim Dalton, Chairman of Crimestoppers, Sergeant Ivan Howlin, Community Garda at Dundrum Garda Station, and Noreen Barron, member of the Gallops Neighbourhood Watch in Leopardstown.
Senator White explained, “The rate of burglaries, thefts and anti-social behaviour has become a huge cause of concern to families and older people across Dundrum, Ballinteer, Kilmacud, Stillorgan and Mount Merrion. There isn’t one community in this area that hasn’t been targeted by criminals in recent months. People are becoming increasingly nervous in their homes as the local crime rates continue to rise.
“Figures obtained by Fianna Fáil reveal dramatic cuts to local garda resources in the Dublin Metropolitan Region East, which covers south Dublin communities. This region has lost 94 gardaí since this Government came into power. Garda numbers in this region have been slashed by 476 to just 382 over 5 years. That’s in addition to the decision to shut down Stepaside Garda Station, Dalkey Garda Station and Kill O’ The Grange as well as downgrading other stations in the district. “There is absolutely no doubt that this is having a direct impact on the rate of burglaries, thefts and intimidating behaviour in the south Dublin region. The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is herself Dublin-based, and she must see what is going on here. We need to hear from her immediately.
“In the meantime, we need to pull together as a community and do what we can to keep our homes and businesses safe. I am hosting a public meeting in Taney Parish Centre in Dundrum next week, which will be attended by garda experts, crime-stoppers and neighbourhood watch representatives so that people can get advice on home and personal safety. This is free and open to anyone to attend.”