Ravensdale residents are calling on the gardai to take action against boy racers who left a trail of destruction last week.
On Wednesday and Thursday night, the boy racers disturbed local residents by speeding around the area and halting traffic. A major garda operation against the boy racers took place earlier this year.
At one point, the garda air support unit dispatched a helicopter during an operation against the racers.
These operations kept the racers at bay. However, in recent weeks the boy racers have returned and local residents want the gardai to tackle the issue.
Daithi Mac Aonghusa, a local resident, told The Democrat that he fears the worst if gardai do not combat the issue.
“Somebody will be killed,” said Daithi, “For a while it was quiet. But the boy racers have returned. If the gardai do not police the area and conduct operations again, it will only get worse.
“My own Dad is seventy-five and has dementia. Another resident who lives closer to the roundabout is eighty-five and it’s not fair that they have to put up with this. We have other neighbours who have to get up at 6am in the morning and commute to work.
“This is having a serious effect on peoples’ quality of life and it is also giving the area a bad name. “This is not what Ravensdale is about.”
Drivers meet weekly in the town centre, usually the car park at Boyd’s at 9pm.
The racers then take their antics beyond the car parks and speed-off to the Ballymac roundabout. Video clips on social media sites show the thrill-seeking drivers doing manoeuvres including doughnuts and spins on public roads. Footage shows them drifting at top speeds which could have ended up being fatal. A trail of destruction is left behind - destroyed fields, tyre marks on the roads and broken car parts.
Sinn Fein Councillor Jim Loughran is calling for more policing of the area.
“More policing of the area is needed,” said Jim. “We need to stop this issue before it gets out of hand.
“Last week was terrible. These drivers tend to like the wet road, they are able to go faster.
“Somebody will be killed.”
“The gardai need to conduct more operations against this crime.”