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Thursday 27 April 2017

Gangs of vandals and joyriders are terrorising our estate - residents

The car that was burned out by vandals in Ringsend Park
The car that was burned out by vandals in Ringsend Park

Residents of a Dublin housing estate were afraid to leave their homes over Christmas after being "terrorised" by gangs of youths, it has been claimed.

The claims follow a spate of incidents around Ringsend Park last month when joyriders stole and burned out a car and a woman's house was vandalised in another incident.

Councillor Mannix Flynn said the problems were mainly caused by gangs of young people living in the area.

"There are hundreds of families. An awful lot of people don't want to be seen to be complaining because they don't want to be targeted," he said.

Failing

"I will certainly not be standing idly by while residents in a social housing setting are terrorised by tenants or the children of tenants in the area."

Mr Flynn has proposed to Dublin City Council that tenants should have extra conditions on their leases that make them more legally responsible for the actions of their children.

"We have to be seen to manage our estates," he said. "I think we're failing, by and large, to manage these areas. You can only call so many gardai."

A garda spokesperson said: "Gardai are one of a number of stakeholders involved in reducing anti-social behaviour in the Ringsend Park area.

"Following discussions at the Ringsend Safety Forum in December, a number of proposals were implemented, including increased garda patrols. The area continues to receive patrols from gardai, and local community gardai continue to liaise closely with local residents, Dublin City Council and other stakeholders.

"In addition, the City Centre Public Order Unit carries out patrols the area at weekends."

Another resident representing four houses in one of the estates proposed removing a seating area in the park, which he believes has been taken over by hooligans.

He also recommended more care be taken in locking the gates at night to keep vandals out.

The city council was contacted about the anti-social behaviour, but did not respond.

The incidents come after South Dublin County Council was forced to take action foll- owing sustained incidents of anti-social behaviour in Tall-aght. Two sports clubs, St Mark's GAA and Marks Celtic FC, spoke out against vandalism that they said had left their pitches unplayable.

The council agreed that a 1.2-metre-high railing would be erected on top of a wall along the park frontage to stop joyriders getting in.

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