20/04/2010

Tallaght CCTV System Activated

Fianna Fáil TD Charlie O’Connor, who is a member of the South Dublin County Joint Policing Committee, has welcomed the activation of a CCTV scheme in Tallaght, yesterday.

Tallaght is the largest town in county Dublin outside the capital city centre. Announcing the introduction of the system Mr O’Connor said the new system was very important for the people of west Tallaght and the safety of the community.

"Gardai in Tallaght will now be able to access and monitor the footage from the CCTV cameras. This will be of great benefit to the community,” TD O'Connor said.

He added: “There are over 20 cameras in this community CCTV scheme and I campaigned hard with the support of local residents to see these cameras put in place. I want to commend Superintendent Eamon Dolan for his efforts on bringing about this important development. He is a man who is deeply committed to the safety of the people in Tallaght and he has very dedicated officers working with him."

The news of the CCTV activation coincides with after the appearance of a teenager before Tallaght District Court charged with two counts of assaulting gardai and allegations had bitten them.

The incident was alleged to have occurred after two gardai turned up at the teen's family home to execute a bench warrant.

Keith Brady (18) was accused of twice attempting to evade arrest, first by attempting to jump out of his bedroom window, and then by leaping over the banisters as officers led him down stairs.

The court heard yesterday that Brady then dug his teeth into a garda's arm, causing a nasty wound.

The accused said gardai used pepper spray on him prior to any alleged assault, but gardai said the spray was used after Brady attacked Garda James Lambe.

Garda Lambe had to be taken to Tallaght Hospital for medical attention and he is currently awaiting blood test results.

Brady appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with two counts of assaulting gardai, one seriously.

The court heard the DPP had directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court.

(DW/GK)


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