[Sinn Fein]

23rd February 1999

Sinn Fein Initiates Task Force to Deal with Joy-Riding

Communities such as Darndale, Belcamp, Moatview and Clonshaugh have been ``held to ransom by joy-riders for far too long'' says Larry O'Toole, Sinn Fein representative for Dublin North East. Larry O'Toole's proposal for the setting up of a community led task force which got reported in the November 25th edition of the Northside People, has finally got off the starting blocks.

Larry O'Toole recently attended a meeting of local people, public representatives, youth leaders, Dublin Corporation and high ranking Gardaí, including Assistant Commissioner Jim McHugh and Superintendent John Glynn from Coolock. The sole aim of the meeting was to solve the joy-riding problem.

Mr. O'Toole said:

``I am very pleased the various voluntary groups who work tirelessly within these communities were finally given the opportunity to come together with the gardaí and Dublin Corporation to find a solution to this menace. I am also very happy that my proposal for dealing with the problem is to be implemented immediately. I called for a task force to be sent up comprising of the residents of the local communities, local youth representation, voluntary and statutory groups, Dublin Corporation and gardaí.

``Through my presence on this task force I will try and make sure that a long term answer is found to this problem instead of a quick fix solution. The first meeting takes place very shortly and I will personally make sure that the community is kept informed at every stage.

``Sinn Fein has always endeavoured to put the issues that directly effect socially deprived communities in to the public arena and will continue to do so. Many Sinn Fein members have long track records of the tireless work they have undertaken to make their communities better places to live, all for no financial gains whatever. Sinn Fein is in full support of this community in its efforts to stand up to this anti-social behaviour.''

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