Cllr Tomás Sharkey has said that the instances of vandalism in the area of the Market Square is a reflection of the lack of resources at the disposal of local Gardaí.
Speaking to www.dundalkdemocrat.ie , Cllr Sharkey said: “We have to ask ourselves do we want our small Garda resources to be concentrated on residential areas to fight drug dealing, or do we ask for our small resources to be spend tackling crime in the central business district of Dundalk.
“We know from the Superintentdent that he doesn’t have enough resources.
“We also know that there are CCTV cameras around the main streets of Dundalk. Can we look at these cameras and see who are committing these crimes.
“Are these people doing this for money for drugs? Are they doing it out of boredom? “
Cllr Sharkey also fears that such crimes are giving a bad image of Dundalk.
“The other effect is it gives a bad image, a bad impression of Dundalk. We are trying to get Dundalk trading again, we are trying to get people spending their money and helping local businesses. so they can pay for their commercial rates which pay for services aroudn Dundalk.”