Antisocial behaviour spikes as Community Garda numbers drop in Limerick

first_imgFacebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin TAGSantisocial behaviourHenry Street Garda StationlimerickMaurice Quinlivan TDSinn Feinthomondgate Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsAntisocial behaviour spikes as Community Garda numbers drop in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 12, 2018 1326 Emailcenter_img Previous articleEclectic mix and free gigs to Limerick Literary FestivalNext articlePlunge into Limericks latest event Alan Jacques WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Sinn Finn TD for Limerick City, Maurice Quinlivan.A 48 per cent decrease in the number of Community Gardaí in Limerick since 2010 is causing “chaos” in parts of the city as antisocial behaviour spikes.That’s according to Sinn Féin’s Limerick TD Maurice Quinlivan who has expressed his deep concern over the fact that there are now only 38 Community Gardaí on duty, compared with 73 eight years ago.And he claims that gangs of 50 to 60 young people often more than 100 strong are congregating playing loud music, drinking and taking drugs in Thomondgate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “These gangs are causing huge stress, fear and annoyance to local residents, many of whom are elderly.“The number of Community Gardaí has fallen from 73 in 2010 to only 38 in 2017, a decrease of some 48 per cent. This is shameful and shows that the Government have no interest in investing in Community Policing,” Deputy Quinlivan claimed.“It is clearly leading to a poor Garda response and leaving residents feeling deserted and let down. The last number of weeks, since Christmas have seen a huge spike in anti-social behaviour in parts of the city.”He maintains that the decline in Community Gardaí is especially stark in some divisions with Limerick particularly badly affected.“In 2007, there were 330 Gardaí in the Henry Street District; today there are only 307.“Similarly the Roxboro Road Garda District has dropped from 134 to 128 despite the Fitzgerald report in 2007 saying Limerick will need ‘a minimum of 100 additional Gardaí’.“As a local elected representative, I know from working with designated Community Gardaí that the difference a good community Garda can make to an area and to individuals and families is huge. It can be transformative,” he declared.Deputy Quinlivan believes Community Gardaí can build up relationships and trust with people at risk of offending, particularly young people, and direct them in a more positive direction, such as through the Garda Youth Diversion Projects.“They also improve public confidence in policing locally, and ingrain themselves in community activity locally. I have seen the difference that Community Gardaí can make in various local community and voluntary groups there are involved in Limerick.“Failing to make these kinds of investments could undo the good work that was built up, particularly in disadvantaged communities, over many years. It is increasingly clear that successive Governments have zero interest in Community Policing and is unwilling to invest in it. The fact that the number of Community Gardaí has fallen off a cliff, and indeed is still falling, is proof of that. It is scandalous. The Minister needs urgently to start addressing these decreases, people deserve better policing and to feel safe in their own homes,” he Alan [email protected] Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

School bus damaged after crashing in town of Nanticoke

first_imgNANTICOKE (WBNG) — A school bus is damaged after going off the roadway on Pendell Hill Road in the town of Nanticoke Monday morning. No other vehicles were involved. The department says the bus driver, a 56-year-old female, was taken to Wilson Hospital for a complaint of pain. Additionally, they say a 37-year-old bus monitor suffered a cut to her head and was taken to Binghamton General for treatment.center_img The New York State Police Department says an 8-year-old was on the bus and was evaluated on scene but they were not taken to the hospital.last_img read more

Eden Hazard reveals frustration of Chelsea players after snatching draw with Wolves

first_imgThe strike was Hazard’s 16th of the season (Picture: Getty)‘The spirit is good. When we lost 6-0 to Manchester City, we said there were three or four months left and we have to try and finish in the top four.‘The players are a bit sad, because we probably could do better’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityRaul Jimenez finished off a flowing counter-attack in the 56th minute to give Wolves the lead.Wolves held off a Chelsea onslaught right up until the death, before Hazard curled a low effort past Rui Patricio and into the bottom corner in injury time.There was little celebration from Hazard as Chelsea looked to restart the game as quickly as possible, but the home side could not find a winner.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Eden Hazard reveals frustration of Chelsea players after snatching draw with Wolves (Picture: Getty)Hazard, who scored a beautiful 92nd minute bullet, revealed he and his team-mates are ‘sad’ after wasting an opportunity to put pressure on their top four rivals.ADVERTISEMENT Hazard grabbed a late equaliser against Wolves (Picture: Getty)Eden Hazard admits Chelsea players are disappointed after they needed a late goal to save a point against Wolves on Sunday.The result is another set-back for Chelsea in their quest to claim a Champions League spot, and leaves the Blues a point off fourth place.That gap could widen before the end of the day, with Manchester United in action against Arsenal at the Emirates. Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Top articles by Metro Coral BarrySunday 10 Mar 2019 4:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link666Shares ‘Of course we are disappointed. We didn’t create a lot of chances and we moved the ball too slowly,’ Hazard told Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘This type of game, maybe three months ago we’d have lost. Video Settings Read More Full Screen Advertisement Read More Read Morecenter_img Read More PLAY 1 min. story Read More 1/1 Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Skip Coming Next About Connatix V67539 Skip Ad / Advertisement SPONSORED Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE last_img read more