STATEMENT BY SHANE FOLAN
Labour candidate Shane Folan has called for greater investment in Garda resources to reduce crime rates, in and
around Donaghmede and Clongriffin. Particularly in light of the shooting incident in Donaghmede last night, more
resources are needed need to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime. Folan also reiterated his call for a new Garda Station in the Clongriffin and Belmayne area.
Shane Folan said;
“One of the issues that constantly comes up in our community is the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour. Knocking on doors this issue has come up again and again. This can be tackled but to do so we need to invest in public services, provide more Gardaí in our communities and develop appropriate facilities for young people.
“I’ve been actively campaigning for a new Garda Station in the Clongriffin and Belmayne area. Residents currently rely on the Coolock district Garda Station and Clongriffin Garda clinic for entire community. This poses major problems as Garda resources are already stretched, and with the population of Clongriffin and Belmayne set to grow to as many as 50,000 people in the next few years, limited Garda resources will be unable to provide an adequate service to the population.
“As a local area representative who regularly works on behalf of constituents who have been victims of, or witness to,
petty crime I believe the council and the Government can do more to improve community policing.
“One of the ideas Labour has also put forward is the new role of a Community Warden who would be the local
contact for the Council with residents, who would work with community groups, associations and the public to
address issues as they arise.
“I believe a Community Warden and a new Garda Station in Clongriffin would go a long way in meeting the needs of
our community. We need new ideas, new energy and new plans to address the concerns of Donaghmede and
Clongriffin if elected, it will be one of my main focuses.”