Figures recently obtained by Fianna Fáil reveal that public order offences and other social code offences increased in the area by almost 30% in 2018. Despite this, there are 88 fewer Gardaí policing in the district now than in 2010. Local Tallaght Cllr Charlie O’Connor commented, “It won’t come as much of a shock to locals that statistics have shown a rise in a number of crimes in our area. Residents living in Tallaght have been forced to endure all sorts of hassle – whether it’s been attacks on supermarket delivery drivers dropping groceries or suspended Dublin Bus services due to anti-social behaviour. “The illegal use of scramblers and quad bikes continue to pose danger to public safety but with 88 fewer Gardaí, it’s no wonder that people are frustrated and don’t feel protected without a visible Garda presence.

“Garda resources in our county are clearly not strong enough to deter and prevent criminality or anti-social behaviour. More and more incidents are taking place each week and rather than face it or feel intimated, residents choose to stay indoors. That inevitably impacts negatively on the sense of community. “Tallaght is a densely populated urban town that has so much to offer. The ordinary, law abiding residents that call it home should not have to put up with disorder on their doorsteps or streets. “It’s only logical to consider that there could be a correlation between the reduction in Gardaí on the beat and the rise in some criminal offences. Tallaght has expanded since 2010, more people have moved into the area so why is it that rather than appoint more Gardaí to police, the number has dropped and that is unacceptable.”