Slow progress on Quay/Barrack St

TENSIONS are still running high in the Quay Street and Barrack Street area of Dundalk between residents and the Simon Community.

TENSIONS are still running high in the Quay Street and Barrack Street area of Dundalk between residents and the Simon Community.

A heated meeting earlier in the month at Spirit Store where local residents discussed what they see as the widespread and growing anti-social and criminal behaviour in the area.

A fresh meeting was convened on Thursday to assess what progress, if any, had been made.

A letter from the Niall Mulligan of the Simon Community outlining the elements which they have addressed was handed out among those in attendance.

According to the letter a meeting was organised for 3 people on the 26 June in which three residents were given a tour of the night shelter.

Mr Mulligan said that he was extending the Code of Conduct for residents to include Barrack Street Upper; that they would help with regular clean-ups; they were supportative of a right of way being closed, excepting for emergencies; the smoking area at the back of the compound was demolished; restrictors have been put on windows to give those in Hyde Park more privacy; and that they were prepared to change spot lights in the area.

The letter also said that they did not believe there turning out time of 10am needed to be changed as schools had said they had no issue with the residents.

Broadly speaking the letter said they were prepared to engage with residents on all the matters that were raised at the previous meeting.

The letter was greeted with sceptism by many at the meeting and a number of peoole voiced their concerns about the project.

A vocal group within the meeting were particular scathing about the lack of changes since the previous meeting.

A Garda representative at meeting urged people to report crime as it happened.

. In attendance at the meeting were a number of local councillors including Marianne Butler, Eamon O’Boyle and Jennifer Green.

A cohort of women also presented a petition of 200 names that they had collected asked for the night shelter to be closed down.