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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 426 - Garda operations [16261/14]. (08 Apr 2014)

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 426. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will instruct that additional high visibility patrols be assigned to the Temple Bar area, Dublin and adjoining streets each weekend to robustly tackle alcohol related incidents. [16261/14]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter)As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the deployment of personnel and Garda management keep this under continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources.
I share the issues of concern the Deputy has raised and would draw his attention to the Dublin City Centre Policing Plan which has been operational since June 2013 and includes dedicated high visibility patrols in key commercial and public thoroughfares. These patrols are informed by crime trends, demand led studies and footfall in the areas in question. As part of this Plan, a dedicated Public Order Van is deployed during the weekend. In addition to routine plain clothes patrols, dedicated plain clothes foot patrols are assigned to the Temple Bar area and adjoining streets each Friday and Saturday night under Operation Aughrim. In addition, Operation Pier concentrates high visibility patrols on the South Quays and Temple Bar area.
I can further inform the Deputy that in addition to these overall operational measures, two members of the Community Policing Unit at Pearse Street Garda Station are specifically assigned to the Temple Bar area and maintain liaison with the residents and other stakeholders in the area. In this regard, I am advised that ongoing consultation is maintained with the Temple Bar Traders association and Dublin Business Improvement District (BID) and that the policing needs of the area are kept under ongoing review.


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