Monaghan MD to set up committee to deal with Dublin Street anti-social behaviour

A committee is to be set up to help prevent anti-social behaviour in Monaghan town.

The decision was taken during the north Monaghan MD meeting this month. On May 31st, members of the council executive and elected members met with Gardai to discuss ongoing anti-social behaviour in Monaghan town and surrounding areas, with a view to work together on combatting and preventing it.

Following from that meeting, Sinn Fein Councillor Brian McKenna proposed a sub-committee be formed, with it agreed it would incorporate councillors, council executive, Gardai and members of the public.

He said progress will only happen if they show an interest, that coming to meetings and asking for progress won’t be enough.

Seamus Treanor questioned the operating of certain businesses within the town and claimed vandalism is occurring after patrons are leaving “at all hours of the morning”.

He added that the sale and supply of drugs is becoming an issue in housing estates.

Paudge Connolly said the local authority shouldn’t wait for someone to lose their life to react, and people want greater Garda visibility during the night-time.

David Maxwell said Dublin Street has become a congregation spot, and the use of gates might aid security by not allowing them routes to escape if perused.

Raymond Aughey said gates in Killygowan, St Peter’s Lake and on Glaslough show it can be done.

The local authority agreed to “have its homework done” on solutions and scheduled a meeting for later this month to discuss security proposals, such as the use of gates on Dublin Street.