Over the weekend a serious assault took place on a young woman in Tir na nOg Park, Carpenterstown. I understand the specific issue is being investigated by the Gardai.
I’ve received extensive contacts for locals concerned about the risks to personal safety created by the current condition of Tir na nOg Park due to the lack of lighting and the overgrown bushes in the area. The issue of lighting is one I raised with the Council last year, prior to being elected.
I was in touch with Council management yesterday in the wake of this assault to see how can these security issues be addressed.
The Council have committed to continue to cut back any hedges/bushes that are a risk of concealing anti-social behaviour, with a particular emphasis on those at the entrances to the park.
Regarding lighting, the Council have been reluctant to install them within the park on the basis of cost and their argument that they do not wish to encourage people into public parks at night. This latter argument cannot be accepted as this pathway is the main route people use when walking between the Diswellstown Road and the Carpenter/Spar. Therefore, the Council has a duty to make it as safe as possible.
I’ve a motion coming up at the next relevant area committee meeting of Fingal CC and I will strongly make the point that there must be some lights installed in the park, particularly along the pathway.
I’ll post an update when I have more information.