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Wednesday 18 October 2017

List of 'anti-social behaviour' names left at FF meeting

Residents at the Fianna Fail meeting in Fettercairn
Residents at the Fianna Fail meeting in Fettercairn

A LIST of named individuals alleged to be involved in "anti-social behaviour and intimidation" was distributed to Tallaght residents before a Fianna Fail meeting on crime in the area.

The party has distanced itself from the incident that saw the names and addresses of 15 males printed on a leaflet and left for those attending to pick-up as they signed in.

At the often-heated meeting, hosted by party justice spokesman Niall Collins, residents were critical of what they saw as a failure by politicians and gardai to tackle anti-social behaviour.

"What will happen now is that vigilantes will start appearing," one resident warned afterwards.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Charlie O'Connor told the Herald it was "wrong" for the leaflets to have been brought to the meeting.

When they were spotted by two volunteers at the event they were quickly removed.

The meeting at Fettercairn Community Centre on Wednesday night was organised by Fianna Fail to discuss burglaries, thefts and drug-related crime.

It saw around 60 residents raising their concerns about crime in the area from anti-social behaviour, to break-ins and vandalism.

Cllr O'Connor said he didn't know who left the leaflet with the personal details of the individuals at the entrance to the meeting but insisted it was no one from Fianna Fail.

"There is no question in my mind that it was done by anybody who organised the meeting, but it was somebody coming into the hall who decided they wanted to do that," he said.

"It was the wrong thing to do and that's not the way to do it.

"If people have information about those breaking the law in the community the place to go is directly to the gardai," he said.

Cllr O'Connor praised the attendance at the event and described it as a "good meeting" saying that he and Mr Collins had listened to the community's concerns.

Trouble

The atmosphere was sometimes heated with several people asking why there were no gardai present.

One voice from the floor shouted: "They're all working for Irish Water tonight."

"It's the same people that's causing the trouble all the time," another resident said.

"The guards tell us that they are too young and they can't to do anything to them. Some of these kids have ASBOs (Anti-Social Behaviour Order) but there is nothing being done to them and their parents aren't being pushed to do anything about them," the resident added.

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