Crime taskforce needed in south Wexford, says councillor
A County Wexford councillor has organised a vigil in Bridgetown at 7 p.m. on Friday night to underpin a campaign for the creation of a local government taskforce to tackle a crimewave in South Wexford.
Cllr Mick Roche said that decent rural communities had been abandoned to fend for themselves as garda resources continued to be too thinly spread across the county.
'The victims of rural break-ins and violence feel that they are on their own,' he said, 'large south Wexford villages are now without garda stations and gardai are simply not visible. This is not the fault of the force but rather the result of the harsh austerity policies of successive governments.'
The Sinn Fein member said community alert groups are very active, but there was an onus on local government to support these groups in every possible way.
'Last year I tabled a motion calling for the setting up of a local government taskforce to do just this. My motion was referred to the Joint Policing Committee where it has sat in limbo ever since,' he said, 'as communities we need to show local and national government that this crimewave is not just a burden, but a crisis that needs to be tackled now.'
Bridgetown has suffered a number of break ins and violent incidents in recent weeks.