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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 66 - Anti social behaviour [24749/11]. (20 Sep 2011)

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66.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the growing and on-going public concern arising from increasing levels of anti-social behaviour in many areas throughout the country culminating in some instances of families being forced to leave their homes; if action can be taken to curtail this menace which is of increasing concern to older persons and parents of young children; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24749/11]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter):  I am very aware of the distress that anti-social behaviour and low level crime can cause to communities.

There are strong legislative provisions in place to combat anti-social behaviour in communities. These include provisions to deal with alcohol abuse, its effect on public order and late night street violence.
In its Policing Plan for 2011, An Garda Síochána has prioritised actions to achieve the maximum levels of safety for local communities and to provide a community policing service which meets the demands of the public. The Plan identifies a range of strategies which may be deployed to counter anti-social activities, including targeted operations; high visibility patrols; deployment of appropriate resources to identified public order hotspots in respect of alcohol and drug related behaviour and youth crime; and the full utilisation of existing legislation.
Any instances of families being forced to leave their homes would be taken extremely seriously by An Garda Síochána, and such serious criminal behaviour will be tackled resolutely.

Written Answers - Anti-Social Behaviour
Vol. 740 No. 3
Tuesday, 20 September 2011


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