Sinn Féin councillor Michael Gallagher has told Meath Live he is ‘Pushing’ to see CCTV installed in Kells, as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour.

Gallagher was reacting to our exclusive story last week which revealed that a group of vigilantes aligned to the IRSP had confronted a group of teenagers who had been terrorising residents of the Magdalene Court estate in the town.

He said, ‘ I have raised this at Municipal District level, and in fact, we have applied for funding as far back as six months ago and I intend to ask where we are at when the next MD meeting happens.

‘As it stands there are no CCTV cameras in place at all in Kells which means that Gardai are reduced to asking private citizens for footage of any incident they are investigating and of course that leaves those individuals open to intimidation.

‘The drugs scene in Meath is out of control and Kells is no exception to that problem, anti-social behaviour is rampant and to be fair parental responsibility has to be looked at, parents need to exert more control over their teenagers.

‘I appreciate CCTV cameras won’t be the panacea that cures all but they will certainly help and the town needs it as soon as is practical.’