Law-abiding citizens need to have their voices heard

November 21, 2016 0

Local councillor Tony Murphy (Ind) attended a meeting of the Lusk community, convened by Michael Hoey of Country Crest, on November 17 at the Man O War GAA clubhouse. A small delegation from the Lusk community had recently met Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone in Dail Eireann to discuss important issues surrounding the Oberstown detention centre. Those in attendance at the Man O’War club heard a report back from that meeting.

Cllr Tony Murphy

Cllr Tony Murphy

Cllr Murphy said the Dail meeting was reported to have been positive in the main.  “However, security suggestions put forward by the community were not met with the support they would have wished for,” he said.  “People in the Lusk community and in the vicinity of Oberstown detention centre are living in fear.”

Cllr Murphy said that at previous meetings there was a call to reinstate the siren alert system which had been in place for years. “It gave some comfort to the local community when an absconsion occurred,” he said. “It was requested at the meeting with the Minister. “This siren alert has to be reinstated as a priority. “There was also a call for a common uniform to be worn by the prisoners to allow quick and easy identification of an escapee at large.

“These are not unreasonable requests and the interests of our law-abiding citizens should be considered in the first instance.”

Cllr Murphy vowed to continue supporting the community of Lusk in its efforts to create a safe environment in which to live and work. “The residents are entitled to feel safe in their own homes,” he added.