Kilbride keen to press home anti-crime focus

Edgeworthstown businessman says local people are living in fear. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Fresh from a public meeting aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour problems in Longford town, a second open forum has been scheduled for Edgeworthstown.

Fresh from a public meeting aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour problems in Longford town, a second open forum has been scheduled for Edgeworthstown.

Local businessman Frank Kilbride said the occasion, set for December 3, was instigated as a direct result of the recently held Longford meeting.

Mr Kilbride, a former county councillor, said having attended that discussion he felt compelled to organise something similar for the mid and north Longford region.

“I spoke at that meeting and was amazed by how many people turned up,” he said.

“I was also impressed by how many spoke so well. That’s what we want to continue. It’s not about politics or garda bashing, it’s about people being allowed to speak about their concerns.”

As revealed by the Leader last month, the former Fine Gael local politician disclosed his own intentions to run in the next general election.

Mr Kilbride was anxious to deflect that talk this week, stressing that next month’s gathering inside The Park House Hotel was about one overriding obejective.

“People power,” was his short and assertive reply.

“I am well aware of the issues that exist in Edgeworthstown and in other rural areas.

“I have spoken to people that are even living in fear.

“What this (meeting) must show is that we, as citizens of this county, stick together and play a major role in (anti-crime focus) it ourselves.”