Minister: Antisocial behaviour decreasing in Longford estate

The Justice Minister has claimed there’s been a decrease in antisocial behaviour in a Longford housing estate because of increased policing.

It follows grave concerns raised by a resident of Ardnacassa.

In a letter to Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, a resident threatened to leave the area because the problems were so bad.

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They claimed people were ‘shooting up’ drugs in front on their children and, if they spoke out, they were subjected to verbal abuse or have stones thrown at your windows.

The resident claimed they were at their wits’ end.

In a response issued through his private secretary, Minister Flanagan said he had sought a report from the gardaí in relation to the problems raised.

He said he’d been informed that there had been an increase in policing presence in the estate from the first quarter of 2016 to 2018.

He noted that, as of last November, gardaí had carried out 592 proactive policing patrols and 213 intelligence entries, including checkpoints and searches.

Minister Flanagan claimed that as a result, three had been a reduction in public-order and criminal-damage incidents in Ardnacassa.

He also said progress is also ongoing regarding the establishment of a CCTV scheme in the local community.