A Labour TD has said that anyone concerned about illegal activity in Waterford should contact Gardaí - and not take the law into their own hands.
Ciara Conway's comments come in the wake of anti-Roma protests in the city - which saw a number of families being evacuated from their homes at the weekend.
Drivers are advised to avoid The Manor in Waterford due to a protest in the area! pic.twitter.com/cBPolOhUeO— Beat 102 103 (@beat102103) October 25, 2014
Dozens of people gathered outside the homes of Roma families on Sunday and Monday, following an online campaign complaining of criminal activity.
Deputy Conway says such protests will not solve anything.
"Waterford City, like any urban area, has, from time to time, blips and difficulties with street crime,
"But it's not down to any one particular group or any one particular nationality, and I would appeal to people that if there is a difficulty that they report it to the gardaí and let the criminal justice system do its job."