Dáil debates

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions

Antisocial Behaviour

11:10 am

Photo of James BrowneJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I understand the Deputy's concerns. The distribution of An Garda Síochána and the role it is going to play is a matter for the Garda Commissioner and the chief superintendent within each particular area. I can advise that as of 31 October, the latest date for which we have figures, there were 781 Garda members assigned to the DMR north division. This represents an increase of over 15% since December 2016 when there were 660 members. I am also informed that there is ongoing communication between An Garda Síochána and the respective control centres and access to good-quality CCTV, which can assist the Garda when investigating serious incidents. In that regard, Irish Rail plans to install more CCTV cameras and to increase security patrols on DART carriages. A text alert system has also been introduced by Irish Rail to facilitate customers to discreetly report any incidents as they develop on rail services. Further to this, since the start of 2021 the Garda national public order unit has been deployed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at times when antisocial behaviour and reports of public disorder are at their peak. This unit provides invaluable support and assistance to front-line gardaí in tackling antisocial behaviour and criminality on board public transport.


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