Republican News · Thursday 04 May 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Cabra rejects anti-social behaviour

About 1,500 people packed into the Grand Cinema in Cabra, Dublin, on Friday 28 April in response to a significant upsurge in anti-social behaviour in the greater Cabra area. The meeting was organised by Sinn Féin Councillor Nicky Kehoe at the request of residents. Recent burglaries and joyriding were high on the agenda. ``The turnout was no surprise to me,'' he said, ``as the community have responded in the past and the input by the residents who articulated their grievances was tremendous''.

The meeting, chaired by Sinn Féin Councillor Larry O'Toole, was kept brief and to the point. Residents were not found wanting in telling the trouble makers that they were not going to be intimidated while questions were directed at Gardaí.

The meeting decided to allow a period of eight weeks after which the situation will be reviewed. Those involved in anti social behaviour and their parents have been asked to recognise their responsibility towards the community while the Gardaí were urged to act sooner rather than later. If the crime levels have not been sufficiently tackled in this period, another meeting will be called to explore alternatives.

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