Increased patrols have been undertaken by An Garda Síochána at busy locations in Kilrush.
Speaking at a recent meeting of the Clare Joint Policing Committee, Cllr Ian Lynch (IND) voiced his concern with the rise in anti-social behaviour at public amenities which also served as a big benefit to the public during restrictions.
Outside both the Coillte property in Kilrush and the Vandeleur Walled Garden, “we’ve seen a number of thefts from cars, windows have been broken at 3pm. You would have thought in this day and age that a locked car was safe,” Cllr Lynch stated.
He reiterated his appeal for a review in the management of the sports complex in Kilrush so that it could become an enticing place for youths in the community to go to.
“A certain type of criminal will break into cars, people will break windows and clear out cars,” Chief Superintendent, Seán Colleran responded. He confirmed an increase in patrols has been undertaken by Supt John Galvin of the areas referenced by the Kilrush representative.
Management of the JPC requires a review, Cllr Lynch outlined. “We used to have a JPC for Kilrush which was very focused on West Clare,” he recalled. “Without an output document, we could end up talking for two hours and not get through a lot”. Chief Supt Colleran acknowledged that such a document “might put a bit more structure” on the meetings.