Kildare County Councillor calls for full time Garda station in Maynooth

Spate of burglaries and car thefts on Monday

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Kildare County Councillor calls for full time Garda station in Maynooth

Cllr Naoise Ó Ceirúil

A spate of burglaries in Maynooth has prompted a call for full time Garda station in the town.

Cllr Naoise Ó Ceiriúl claims that yesterday evening, Monday, January 22 saw a number of burglaries in the town, especially houses in new estates like Hayfield and Carton Wood were targeted in this most recent attack.

He told the Leinster Leader that as well  as the break-ins, cars were also taken.

“The perpetrators used the “fishing” method on some homes, where they put a fishing rod in through the letter box to pick up keys on nearby tables,” he said.

“Once again, the town is being targeted by thugs who have an easy escape onto the N4. My own home has been targeted in the past and this is becoming a far too regular occurrence.”

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Cllr Ó Ceirúil explained that the addition of 12,000 students arriving into the town skews the demographic of the area because they are not accounted for in the census figures.

“We are looking at an even bigger population with the increase in houses in the area. I am unaware of any town in Ireland with a population of over 24,000 people without a full-time station,” he noted.

“Enough is enough. It is high time that the Minister for Justice and Commissioner Harris recognise the need for a full time operational station in Maynooth.”

He said that he had written to Chief Superintendent Wall, Minister Charlie Flanagan and Commissioner Harris calling for a full-time station in Maynooth.