Boylan appeals for community vigilance as cars are set alight

Sinn Féin Councillor Janice Boylan has voiced her concern and fear for community safety after a number of cars were burned recently around the Oxmantown Road area. Councillor Boylan has also warned residents to remain vigilant and to be on their guard following these recent instances of criminal and anti-social behaviour.

Speaking today after discussing the matter with local residents and Superintendent Ann Markey of the Bridewell Gardaí, Councillor Boylan said,

“I’m deeply disturbed to find out that this has happened in the small area around Oxmantown Road, two cars were burned on Paletine Square, one on Halliday Square and the other on Arklow Street. Such criminal actions have created fear and anxiety amongst the community. One home was severely damaged due to the fire and it is beyond comprehending what further devastation may have been inflicted.

“I’m pleased to have received a commitment from Superintendent Markey that the Gardaí are doing all they can at the moment to find those responsible and bring them to justice. The Gardaí have informed me that they have increased their uniformed and covert patrols in the area, as well as assigning additional manpower. I’m also informed that a number of suspects are under observation.

“I am hopeful that these actions will deter criminals from carrying out further crimes in the locality. In the meantime I would encourage all residents to be extremely vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the Bridewell Gardaí Station on 01 666 8282.