Over the past three nights, cars have been set alight, windows smashed and tyres slashed outside homes in Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter and Phibsborough. I know that this has caused great concern and anxiety among some residents in our communities.
As the Policing Chairman for Dublin Central, I have been liaising with the Gardai in the Bridewell and Mountjoy in terms of catching those responsible for these acts. Chief Superintendent Leahy has now confirmed to me that the Gardai in the Bridewell are not only aware of the Stoneybatter and Arbour Hill incidents, they have identified a suspect who may have been involved with these acts of vandalism and criminal damage.
Superintendent Mackey from the Bridewell has also appointed a Detective Sergeant to co-ordinate the investigation and necessary investigative action plan. Officers involved with “Operation Creeper” have been informed and will be providing assistance from a surveillance capacity. Extra patrols have also been deployed across the district.
In terms of the Phibsborough incident, an investigation is underway and I expect a further update from Mountjoy Gardai shortly. When that information is available to me, I will make sure to share it with residents.
I would appeal to residents across the north-west inner city to be extra vigilant over the next seventy-two hours and to report any suspicious activity to the Gardai. I want to reassure you and your families that the Gardai have their eye on the ball and I expect further action in the coming days.