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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 528 - Drug rehabilitation clinics.[5313/14]. (04 Feb 2014)

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 528. Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his view on the concentration of methadone clinics in the city centre; his views on whether the Garda has sufficient resources to deal with increasing social order issues in the vicinity of these clinics; the number of gardaí assigned to the Temple Bar area; and his plans to increase their resources.  [5313/14] 

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the deployment of Garda resources. In this regard I am advised that Garda management keep the distribution of resources under continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of the considerable overall resources which are available to An Garda Síochána.

More generally, local Garda management engage on an ongoing basis with a wide range of local businesses, community groups and other organisations with a view to addressing the many issues associated with policing a busy city centre with a vibrant night time economy. In particular, the Garda authorities participated in the multi-stakeholder Strategic Response Group (SRG) which published the report ‘A Better City for all’ in June 2012. This Group set out a partnership approach to manage the provision of drug related services, and to address public substance misuse and associated anti-social behaviour in Dublin’s city centre, including through the use of 'Good Neighbour' policies on the part of the clinics in question. The Deputy will appreciate, of course that the development of drug treatment services in the Dublin area would primarily be a matter for my colleague, Alex White TD, Minister for State at the Department of Health, and for the Health Service Executive.

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