Attacks On Council Staff Unacceptable And Must Stop.
In recent weeks there have been a number of attacks on Council staff working to grit the roads in North Clondalkin. As a result of these attacks evening gritting services have been withdrawn from the Coldcut Road and the Neilstown road areas. A small number of young people are throwing stones at Council staff. As a result roads will not be gritted and community safety will suffer. Sinn Féin Cllr Matty McDonagh has called on parents to ensure that their children are not involved in these attacks on Council staff. If the attacks continue the local area will not get the gritting services it will need during the cold December and January period.
The same newsletter also goes on to inform us that the Budget 2013 will result in estimated loss of 7,000 Jobs to the local economy. Personally I think there is a massive responsibility on parents to ensure that there kids aren't out rioting, or throwing rocks at council staff, who are trying to do a days work. But is there a connection between Anti-Social Behavior and Social Deprivation. For the uninitiated North Clondalkin is the suicide capital of Ireland and has an unemployment rate of approximately 55%. There's also approximately 2,000+ registered drug addicts, and that's excluding West Clondalkin. That's also a conservative estimate, as a lot of addicts aren't registered as addicts. I don't think it's rocket science either to draw a conclusion that there is a connection between suicide, addiction, and unemployment, hence why the vast majority of 'addicts' and 'suicides' are in fact males aged between 15 and 25. What's the key to ending the madness? How do we get from A 2 B? Is Educaton enough? Is it important? I know of perhaps four or five people from the area who've managed to go to college, or university, in perhaps a thirty year period. The traditional Political Class would, or should be well aware of what's going on, and precisely how bad things are, as members of the local Fine Gael party are in fact on the Board of Directors for organisations like Pieta House, and the Labor Party have members on the Drugs Task Force which commissioned the pilot report on drug addiction in the area. How can they justify closing the Aids respite in Cherry Orchard Hospital? How can they justify slashing Community Employment Schemes in the area? There's not much else they can slash at this stage, whilst they throw money at the Round Towers GAA in South Clondalkin to the tune of hundreds of thousands?