Spike in crime leads to new call for Carrick drinking bylaw

There are renewed calls for a controversial bylaw to be introduced to ban drinking on the streets in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Superintendent Kevin English supported proposals to implement it in 2016 because of a rise in assaults and public-order incidents.

But the idea was scrapped after widespread opposition from the business community.

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However, last night’s public meeting of the Leitrim joint policing committee heard that public-order incidents rose by 10 per cent in Carrick last year.

Community activist Leslie O’Hora was among those to support introducing the bylaw as a result.

But Sligo-Leitrim TD Martin Kenny, who also attended the meeting, doesn’t back it.