Disturbing incidents of anti-social behaviour cannot be ignored

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has expressed his shock and disappointment following violent scenes in Balbriggan.

Deputy Farrell said, “Over the weekend a series of altercations and other wanton anti-social incidents between groups of youths took place in Balbriggan. These events left local residents concerned and anxious.”

“I have been in contact with local Gardai and will be working to ensure that adequate resources are given to them, in order to tackle this problem. These incidents cannot be allowed to be repeated and should never be tolerated by wider society.”

Deputy Farrell continued, “This matter is being investigated by the Gardai and efforts are being made to identify those involved. I recognise the need for more Gardai in the area to reassure worried residents and will be contact the Department of Justice and Equality on this matter.”

“While these events were severe, they speak to the wider problem of anti-social behaviour being experienced in many towns and cities in the country. To solve this problem, we will need engagement from stakeholders and youth groups as well as Government and Gardai.”

Deputy Farrell added, “By engaging with young people before they get involved in these types of behaviours, we can prevent such scenes reoccurring.”

“Our community belongs to all of us and we should not allow any group to intimidate neighbours, friends and family members into feeling unsafe in their homes. We can and must do better.”