Friday, March 20, 2009

Clondalkin Sinn Féin against anti-social behaviour

Clondalkin Sinn Féin Councillor Shane O Connor and local election candidate Matthew McDonagh has said that a comprehensive strategy is needed to effectively combat the problem of anti-social behavior which he said was a scourge afflicting communities across the country. He also said that the failure to adequately protect communities meant that many decent, law-abiding people had lost faith in the policing and justice system.
Councillor O Connor said:
"The Government's record on justice and community safety is woeful. Instead of concentrating police resources where they are needed most, all they have done is introduce gimmicky Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and the Garda Reserve. . Intimidation, abuse, car theft, vandalism, public drug-dealing, drunken rowdiness and graffitti are widespread daily expriences which are destroying the quality of life for many. "People in the areas worst affected see no intention on the part of the authorities to adequately deal with the situation. The problem is now at such a serious level that some in our community, have lost faith in the policing and justice system. "Clondalkin Sinn Féin has been active in working with communities at ground level to devise solutions to deal with this problem. We want to build on this work.Clondalkin Sinn Féin calls for social investment in those marginalized areas worst hit by problems of anti-social behaviour, drugs and crime. We propose, early intervention and support services for those at risk of offending, effective rehabilitation programmes and post-prison release supervision, and community restorative justice alternatives for most non-violent offenders. "Sinn Féin activists through our work in local communities have an unparalleled understanding of these issues.Councillor Shane O'Connor has raised these matters continuously and has given a voice to communities which previously felt unheard. We are commited to making this a key issue in the forthcoming local elections in June.Working with local communities we want to deliver real solutions

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