Local Fianna Fail TD, Frank O’Rourke, has called for increased Garda Patrols over the Halloween period to address the concerns of residents throughout North Kildare in relation to anti-social behaviour.

“I have made representations to have increased Garda Patrols over the Halloween period in local parks and open spaces and the Garda Commissioner needs to provide the Garda with the resources needed.”

“Increased Garda patrols to tackle Public Order issues with particular emphasis placed on our local parks and open areas to prevent and minimise anti-social and criminal activity over the Halloween period.”

“The Halloween period can be a disruptive time for the community with increased anti-social behaviour taking place. We need to protect the community from the negative effects of this behaviour and increased Garda patrols will assist.”

“While Halloween can be fun time, unfortunately it can be a nightmare for some, due to the actions of a few. Older people, pets and families can be most vulnerable to the anti social behaviour of a few.”

“I know that many are concerned about bonfire materials being stockpiled in advance of Halloween. The Air Pollution Act 1987 prohibits the disposal of waste by uncontrolled burning. This law should be a deterrent for such activity.”

“Halloween is the busiest night for the fire brigade and emergency services, increased Garda activity and patrols will, in my view, minimise the anti-social behaviour element of Halloween and allow more people enjoy this time of year” concluded Deputy O’Rourke.