No "Big Brother" for Ballyshannon
by Matt Britton
At this week's meeting of Ballyshannon Town Council during a discussion on the installation of CCTV cameras on the streets of the town, councillors wished to emphasise to concerned individuals that "Big Brother" was not coming to Ballyshannon.
Cllr. Phonsie Travers raised the issue of anti social behaviour in the town and informed the members that he recently visited Manorhamilton with local Gardai and other council members and that he was extremely impressed by their state of the art system that they had installed.
"The system has almost totally cut out all aspects of anti social behaviour and has also drastically reduced the incidence of crime.
"I feel I must stress that nobody has anything to fear from these cameras - they are not a version of "Big Brother" and the only people that should be afraid of them are those committing offences. Civil liberties are not affected."
Cllr. Pat O'Malley who also observed the system said, "I could not believe that a small West of Ireland system could have such a sophisticated system. We have been talking about CCTV cameras in Ballyshannon for years now but it is now time to stop the talking and get some action."
Town Clerk Mary Daly stated that the process began over two years ago with sites identified and much of the paperwork completed.
"This has not been a waste of resources - we have thirty locations identified and have passed stage 2.
"Regrettably funding has been frozen at the moment but should it become available in the near future we are very well placed to avail of it.