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McGettigan seeks installation of CCTV for ‘anti-social hotspots’ in Shannon

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Shannon councillors have appealed for the installation of CCTV at “anti-social hotspots” in the town.

Efforts “to promote safe communities and reduce anti-social behaviour” within Shannon town are ongoing, officials within Clare County Council have stated. The local authority said it will continue to liaise with An Garda Síochána.

At the most recent meeting of the Shannon Municipal District, Cllr Donna McGettigan (SF) sought increased engagement between the local authority and Gardaí regarding “anti-social hotspots with the view of putting up CCTV in areas in order to quell complaints of anti-social behaviour”. Her motion was seconded by Cllr Gerry Flynn (IND).

Senior executive officer, Jason Murphy in response to McGettigan’s motion described the area as “complex”. He suggested approaches such as community development programmes and initiatives to promote awareness and change behaviour as alternatives to CCTV.

Since September 2018, he outlined that the Data Protection Commissioner had been carrying out audits of community based CCTV with outputs continually monitored.

McGettigan had previously flagged that the rubbish at housing estates was growing due to the lack of outlets for young people.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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