Once again, on Monday evening, residents in the housing estate of Cherry Orchard heard the screaming of tyres outside their homes. Parents ran to get their kids in from the garden for fear of the madness which has been happening all too regularly in recent weeks as criminals rallied their robbed cars up and down the roads, cheered on by a mob. Thankfully, despite being very shook up, the gardaí in the only squad car in the area, which was rammed, suffered only minor injuries.
What is going to be done to ensure the community in Cherry Orchard can be protected, ensure there is more than one squad car for the area and ensure that what we saw on Monday cannot be repeated again? What will be done to ensure that a task force similar to that in the north inner city is set up and that the regeneration and investment, long promised for the area, is delivered immediately to show the people of Cherry Orchard that they are not abandoned by the State?