THERE are a “small number of gangs marauding around Newport at night”, according to Cllr John Carroll. He told Newport area council that the gangs were going around in an “intimidatory” fashion and “probably a lot of them come from Limerick regeneration”.
“They’ll say in Limerick they have solved the problems, but they have moved it out to smaller towns. It is fast becoming a serious problem in smaller towns,” the Fianna Fail councillor warned.
Calling for a “strong Garda presence”, he said that the gangs were “operating without impunity”.
Cllr Carroll said that while the gangs were part of a “small minority”, they were causing a “nightmare for the rest of the law-abiding people”.
He was supported by Cllr Mattie Ryan “Coole”, who said that it was a “long journey from Newport to Thurles with no Garda station”. The Fianna Fail councillor called for Garda stations in rural villages and areas to be reopened.
Independent Cllr John “Rocky” McGrath said the Gardai were “doing heir best” and were “holding up these gangs and addressing them”.
He wondered how people with drugs were getting in and out of Newport, saying: “I wouldn’t think much of those supplying drugs”.
Cllr MacGrath maintained that a Garda presence was “vital”, and urged people to co-operate with the Gardai and to report any suspicious activity to them.