A special meeting with the superintendent in Longford has been proposed after councillors demanded action over escalating levels of anti social behaviour in the county town.
The calls were made by Cllr Seamus Butler (FF) during last week’s monthly meeting of Longford Municipal District after it emerged that a barman was beaten up and a licenced premises “wrecked” on Monday evening in what locals believe was an incident directly linked to an ongoing feud between travelling families in the town.
“The situation with anti social behaviour is now so acute, people are saying to me that they are afraid to come into the town to do their shopping,” fumed Cllr Butler.
“There are low level on-going incidents on a regular basis and last Monday night at a licenced premises in the town , a number of individuals attacked a barman and caused a lot of damage there.
“This type of behaviour it totally unacceptable and the full weight of the law must be directed at this.”
The meeting also heard that locals have begun questioning whether or not it is safe to come into Longford town, even just to carry out the most basic of tasks, like shopping or visiting the cinema.
Cllr Butler said that he knows a number of people whom he described as “vulnerable” who are afraid to come into town now.
“ People are very weary,” he added.
“There are people who feel very vulnerable. Only last week there was an incident where a car drove up a one way street on the footpath; now that is frightening stuff.”
Frank Sheridan, Longford Town Manager said that he would write to the superintendent at Longford Garda Station and request a meeting with him, so that the matter before the chamber could be discussed at length.
“Well it’s time now for direction and leadership where this type of behaviour is concerned and I want assurances of action,” concluded Cllr Butler.
“This cannot go on; it is a daming indictment on this town if people are afraid to come in to do their shopping because of what is going on. I want the full weight of the law behind ridding this town of anti-social behaviour; I want action.”
Cllr Gerry Warnock (Ind) who is the chairman of the local Joint Policing Committee (JPC) also spoke about the anti-social behaviour in the town. “The recent violent incidents that have taken place in the town area are having a detrimental impact on the decent members of our community who are living and working in the Longford Town area,” he added. “These incidents are contrary to what we as a council and indeed other business and community groups are trying to achieve, which is namely to create conditions where citizens can live in a safe and prosperous environment.”