Drug Dealing, and Violence, out of Control in Cork City, its a Ghetto? Gardai left like Idiots?Hopefully Garda Feeney will be back on Duty soon?

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Parts of Cork city have become ‘no-go areas’ following recent spate of street brawls – Wednesday

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Parts of Cork city have become no-go areas following a spate of street brawls in recent weeks.

The dire warning was made by local Independent Councillor Ken O’Flynn said the outbreak of violence on the streets including an incident on St Patrick’s Street last Monday was damaging the city.

In a video of Monday’s brawl two men are seen tackling each other, with one man throwing the other onto a passing car’s bonnet.

© Provided by Extra.ieParts of Cork city have become no-go areas after a spate of street brawls in recent weeks. Pic: Shutterstock

Councillor O’Flynn told Newstalk Breakfast said a major issue was the lack of Garda visibility on the city’s streets.

‘When I say there are certain areas that are no-go, there are certainly parts of the city that people feel at-risk in and feel worried out,’ he said

‘I have constituents contacting me, texting me or engaging in social media with me telling me how they feel unsafe in the city.

© Provided by Extra.ieThe dire warning was made by local Independent Councillor Ken O’Flynn said the outbreak of violence on the streets including an incident on St Patrick’s Street last Monday was damaging the city. Pic: Shutterstock

‘How they’re afraid for their children going into the city at night, how they’re afraid for their elderly parents going into the city doing their day-to-day business.

‘The reality is here is that while Gardaí have limited resources, we’ve never had so many Gardaí in Cork city then we do in the last 10 years.

‘Unfortunately we’re not seeing them out on the beat… people have lost faith in the services that the Gardaí can provide.

© Provided by Extra.ieIn a video of Monday’s brawl two men are seen tackling each other, with one man throwing the other onto a passing car’s bonnet. Pic: Shutterstock

‘Gardaí on the ground are doing a marvellous job, but I speak to Gardaí every day of the week nearly engaging on different issues.

‘And they’re telling me ‘Look our pin is to the collar, we don’t have enough resources, we don’t have enough people on the ground’.

He suggested something needed to be done to tackle the number of uniformed officers doing admin work to get more patrols out on the streets.

© Provided by Extra.ieCouncillor O’Flynn told Newstalk Breakfast said a major issue was the lack of Garda visibility on the city’s streets. Pic: Shutterstock

‘Certainly we have seen an increase in more violent type of attack or behaviour,’ he warned.

‘This is not an isolated incident on Monday last – we’ve had a stabbing a couple of weeks ago in the city centre in the middle of the day.

‘We’ve had a situation where we’ve had violence breakout in the middle of traffic again in MacCurtain Street about two weeks ago, and I’ve witnessed myself open-drug dealing’.

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