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Saturday 21 September 2019

'Death trap' scrambler bikes ruin residents' well-being, says councillor

Paddy Holohan with councillor Louise Dunne
Paddy Holohan with councillor Louise Dunne

A councillor in the Tallaght South constituency said scramblers are "terrorising" local estates.

Cllr Louise Dunne, Paddy Holohan's running mate from Sinn Fein, told the Herald that she would have backed Fianna Fail's defeated bill on scrambler bikes if she was a member of the Dail - but said she didn't think the proposed legislation went far enough.

"If we buy a car, we can't leave without insurance and you have to have a licence. That should happen with scramblers," she said.

"Parents are buying these as gifts. They are death traps and they are taking away people's well-being.

"People in the Dail have no idea what it's like to be living in an area in which these are being used, in estates in Dublin and elsewhere, day and night.

"I was in a constituent's house the other day and I couldn't even hear her because of the noise - it is constant."

She said it was not just in housing estates that scramblers were being used - they were also ripping up the grass on GAA pitches.

Wrecking

"We have beautiful parks here in Tallaght and residents can't use them," she said. "Our volunteers in the GAA and football clubs can't have training because scramblers are wrecking the pitches."

She said luckily there had been no deaths in her locality in Jobstown, but there had been fatalities elsewhere.

"They are also being driven on the roads in Tallaght. They are coming out in front of you," she said.

"I don't know how there haven't been more calls against them. It is reckless."

She said that educating people on the dangers of scrambler bikes was not enough and that strict regulation was the only way forward.

"It's like with drugs. There is education, but people will still buy them and still use them," she said.

"But if you regulate properly, it can help. If professional people use them properly, it takes them away from estates, parks.

"Every meeting I go to, it is on the agenda, but the gardai can't chase people if they are going into parks."

A local resident said speeding cars were adding to antisocial behaviour.

"It's not nice bringing up your kids where there are drugs being sold around the corner and cars speeding up and down," she added.

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