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Tuesday, 5th October 2021

Mc Quillan calls for sustained Garda presence at Ballsgrove Green at Halloween

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Councillor Paddy McQuillan on Ballsgrove Green which has seen much anti social beahviour and violence at Halloween in recent years.

“We do not want to see a repeat of the scenes from last year”

Independent Councillor Paddy Mc Quillan says he will be calling for Gardaí to maintain a sustained presence at Ballsgrove Green this Halloween to avoid a recurrence of last year’s unprecedented levels of anti-social behaviour.

“Halloween is always an anxious time for residents of Ballsgrove with the large bonfire and huge crowds that gather every year” McQuillan said.

“Last year residents had their homes and properties damaged and people were subjected to serious physical assaults leaving them requiring medical attention.”

In 2020 a group of people caused damage to a number of houses in Ballsgrove. The carnage that followed saw three properties damaged, residents assaulted, and elderly people fleeing their homes in terror. The Gardai were called and investigated the incident.

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“Coming from Ballsgrove myself I can understand the anxiety that the residents feel in the build up to Halloween” McQuillan said.

“I have spoken to many residents and they are rightly nervous, even frightened, as Halloween approaches. Ballsgrove is a quiet settled community and we do not want to see a repeat of the scenes from last year.”

Councillor Mc Quillan intends to bring this urgent matter to the upcoming Joint Policing Committee Meeting on Monday 11th October.

“This is a very serious matter. At the next Joint Policing Committee Meeting I will be requesting that Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan deploy a patrol car to the Ballsgrove Green for the duration of the day in the hope that it will be a deterrent for any possible trouble. 

“Residents are genuinely afraid that there will be trouble again this year and they have requested this action.”

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