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Community Group Established To Help Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour

Writes Ciaran Dineen 

On Saturday last, a newly-formed community group hosted a BBQ in Carrigaline Community Park with the aim of getting a conversation going about recent anti-social behaviour in Carrigaline. 

Community Voice of Peace‘ came to be formed when parents of the African community in Carrigaline heard that there were reports concerning organised crime, gang fighting, and misbehaviour among their children. An urgent meeting was arranged by Pastor Ola Bello to hear different voices and opinions within the community, in order to understand why so many young people are misbehaving in the area. 

During the meeting, some of the parents suggested that the Africans in Carrigaline should come together and form a voluntary group to monitor the children and also create awareness of their presence in the community. They also aim to contribute positively to our community, using one voice to connect our children and to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Organisers of the ‘Community Voice of Peace’ BBQ, Carrigaline Community Park, 13th July 2019. Photo Siobhan Russell

In recent times there have been many reports of unsavoury incidents involving teenagers in the area, with many parents concerned about the well-being of their children. Calls have been made for more Garda resources to be allocated to Carrigaline but until then, groups like Community Voice of Peace aim to help tackle the problem themselves.

The event took place in the glorious sunshine over the weekend and one of the groups’ members, Ruby Chioma Harold-Ogbo, commented on its success by saying, “we are so happy to see how much support we got on Saturday in the Community Park, it was great to see so many wonderful people coming to say hello to us. I want to thank everyone who came and we hope to see you all again soon.” 

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