Written answers

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Public Order Offences

11:00 pm

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin North Central, Independent)
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Question 284: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will support a matter (details supplied). [7545/09]

Photo of Dermot AhernDermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Louth, Fianna Fail)
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I am informed by the Garda authorities that the location referred to is in the Store Street Garda Division. Local Garda management is aware of incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area, which are of particular concern to local residents and the business community in the area. Regular meetings to discuss matters of mutual concern, including issues relating to public disorder and anti-social behaviour, are held between local Garda management and personnel of service providers in the area. Any issues raised at these meetings are addressed.

All members of An Garda Síochána are tasked with enforcing criminal legislation, including those relating to public disorder and anti-social behaviour. The area is the subject of regular on-going patrols by members of the local Community Policing Unit and other personnel in the Division. Current policing policy in the area is predicated on the prevention of crime, including crimes of violence against persons and property, the prevention of public order offences and the maintenance of an environment conducive to the improvement of the quality of life of residents and businesses. This strategy is, and will continue to be, central to the delivery of the policing service in the area.

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