Sinn Féin spokesperson on Community Development, Paul Donnelly TD, has welcomed the publication of “long overdue” government legislation to deal with the illegal and dangerous use of scramblers and quads in our communities.
The Dublin West TD said:
“I welcome the publication of this legislation that will see powers finally being given to the Gardaí to tackle this scourge on our communities.
“However, it would be remiss not to point out that both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael Ministers and TD’s told Sinn Féin that this could not be done, yet today’s publication has proven that we were right.
“This legislation is very similar to legislation that I and other Sinn Fein TD’s have been trying to progress through the houses on many occasions over the past number of years.
“We look forward to working with the government to ensure that this is enacted quickly.
“The most important steps that must take place following the passing of this legislation, is the implementation of these new laws by the Gardaí.
“We will be seeking a meeting with senior Garda management to ensure that a strategy is put in place to enforce the laws and that they have the resources available to them to do so.
“Sinn Féin in government will ensure that the Gardaí have all the resources in place to end this scourge on our communities.”