Action is being called for following a community safety meeting in Mayfield held earlier this week. Over 150 residents attended the forum, with many expressing frustration at what they saw as a poor response by Gardaí to the issue of drug dealers in the area. It was noted that the issue of heroin being sold to children at Ballinderry Park needed to be addressed along with anti-social behaviour in the area.
Sinn Féin’s Mayfield representative Pat Coughlan demanded that the council take steps to reduce the number of boarded-up houses in the area and improve the public realm through better street lighting and the closure of alleyways which have facilitated drug-dealing. “It must also, crucially, fast-track the process of evicting tenants who are engaged in criminal or anti-social behaviour,” he said.
“The Gardaí must continue to engage with the community to police it in a way that is more responsive to the needs and concerns of local people.”