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Senator: “Joyriding thugs an all too familiar sight” in Dublin

“Joyriding thugs are an all too familiar sight” in Dublin, according to one Irish senator commenting on the Cherry Orchard incident this week.

Headlines were made on Tuesday after a shocking viral video showed a car repeatedly ramming a Garda vehicle in Cherry Orchard, Dublin.

Senator Sharon Keogan reacted to the scenes in the Seanad chamber, dubbing them “horrific.”

“The widely shared horrific scenes of gangs of joyriding thugs in a housing estate in Ballyfermot’s Cherry Orchard have shocked many — but for many others, it’s an all too familiar sight,” she said.

“Ordinary, law-abiding citizens in certain parts of this country are terrorised day in, day out, by lowlife criminal hooligans who have no respect for their communities, the people in them, or the law.”

Referring to the disparities in resources allocated to Garda stations across the country, Senator Keogan continued: “But the role of the guards as ‘guardians of the peace’ should not be limited by postcode, and every effort must be made by the government to ensure that the force is adequately manned, trained and equipped to carry out this role.”

Keogan emphasised issues that Gardaí in County Meath have reportedly experienced in the Laytown and Ashbourne areas saying, “This summer, the residents of Laytown were subjected to a vicious brawl which saw golf clubs and baseball bats being used as weapons. That came less than a month after a mass protest had been held in Bettystown over the lack of Garda resources in what is one of the country’s busiest coastal areas.

“This is absolutely unacceptable in a developed country like Ireland, and it’s a kick in the face to the people of the area who deserve a minimum standard of policing,” she concluded.

Shortly after this incident, another clip went viral appearing to show a woman having her face slashed repeatedly with a blade in a Centra on Dame Street, in Dublin city centre.

At a press event Gript reporters asked Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys about both incidents, saying that her government was “presiding over complete lawlessness.”

“No, I don’t accept that,” said Humphreys.

“I know what we saw in terms of what happened in Cherry Orchard was terrible. But there has been increased resources provided to an Garda Síochana, and I know that they will continue to work with the community to deal with this sort of terrible behaviour.”


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