Speaking following an information meeting in Bridgetown last week, local election candidate Mick Roche has welcomed the setting up of a new community text alert scheme for the parish of Kilmore.
"This scheme is much needed," the Sinn Féin candidate said, "In fact, despite the size of the parish of Kilmore, and the inclusion of large villages like Kilmore, Kilmore Quay, Bridgetown and Tomhaggard, we are one of the last areas to establish this service. It has been a complete success in other areas, including the nearby parish of Carrig."
"Crime, particularly house break ins, has become an unfortunate element of everyday life in South Wexford. The closure of rural Garda stations like Baldwinstown hasn’t helped the situation."
"Once the scheme is up and running, anyone who spots suspicious behaviour can text a designated number. The text will be forwarded to the Gardaí and to everyone who is signed up to the alert. This will give people a vital heads up and hopefully prevent the serial house break ins that have been taking place."
Mr Roche said that local organisers needed to be praised and encouraged as many people as possible to subscribe to the alerts once set up. He also commended local Gardaí for the support they have offered.