Extra Garda patrols at Gorey Town Park

By Dan Walsh

Extra Garda patrols have been drafted into Gorey Town Park, which is in effect a building site, following reports of anti-social behaviour there, the members of Gorey-Kilmuckridge District Council were informed at the September meeting held under Covid-19 government guidelines at Gorey Courthouse.

Cllr Diarmuid Devereux described the ugly sight of individuals with ‘slabs of cans’ heading from the Main Street to the Town Park and people setting fire to the place. There were reports of anti-social behaviour and two fires recently occurred at the skatepark.

District Manager Michael Drea told the members he was concerned about negative news stories emanating from the Town Park although he admitted that “a small number of individuals were causing trouble.” The matter was discussed between the Council and the local Gardai and it was agreed that extra Garda patrols will take place at Gorey Town Park.

Cllr Anthony Donohoe expressed surprise that the Town Park is not finished! “It has been dragging on so long at this stage,” he claimed. Cathaoirleach Cllr Joe Sullivan agreed and indicated that the “price and time has slipped” and the situation is “getting ridiculous.”

Work commenced on the site in May 2019, was impacted for a time by Covid-19, work recommenced in mid-May. It is anticipated that the building, landscaping and planting works be completed on December 12th next.

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