Courtown and Riverchapel needs multi-agency approach
A multi-agency approach is needed to help combat all the problems experienced in Courtown and Riverchapel.
Cllr Joe O'Sullivan said that Courtown and Riverchapel had been named as a burglary blackspot and said something needed to be done in the area.
He was supported by Deputy John Browne who said that the area should get a special designation. He said that the garda, the HSE and agencies like the FDYS needed to join together to deal with the 'ongoing problems' in the area. 'The local community is doing tremendous work there but they need more support to deal with the issues there.'
Chief Superintendent John Roche said 'Courtown and Riverchapel was and continues to be a problem. 34 holidays homes in the area were broken into in November. These are homes that are unoccupied for seven or nine months of the year. We try to give owners as much crime prevention advice as possible but these areas have no CCTV and little or no security. Some estates are literally abandoned.
'We have caught one culprit (for some of these burglaries) and he's admitted to some but not all.'
Chief Superintendent Roche said that the gardai were anxious to solve the problems there but agreed it had to be a multi-agency approach.