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[Oireachtas] Dáil Éireann Debate. Written answer 1071 – Antisocial behaviour [13044/23]. (21 Mar 2023)

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  1. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Justice if she is aware of antisocial behaviour in and around a flat complex (details supplied) in Dublin 1; and if she is aware of any steps being taken to address this. [13044/23]


Simon Harris Minister for Justice

As the Deputy will be aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended), the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the administration and management of An Garda Síochána, including operational policing matters. As Minister, I have no role in such matters.


I would like to assure the Deputy that the Government is committed to ensuring An Garda Síochána have the resources and facilities it needs to combat anti social behaviour and criminality.


A new Garda station at 13A O'Connell Street was officially opened earlier this month in the heart of our capital city. This new premises will help support a higher visibility police presence for O'Connell Street and surrounding areas, including Parnell St and Dominick St.


As the Deputy will be aware, Operation Citizen is a Garda Operation currently in place with the aim of assuring people that Dublin city centre is a safe place to visit, socialise and do business in. The new Garda station will provide an operational base for Garda members assigned to Operation Citizen.


I have been informed by Garda authorities that a recent targeted operation undertaken by personnel assigned to Operation Citizen supported by local Divisional Drug Units on Dominick Street resulted in fourteen (14) persons being arrested for a variety of offences.


I am advised that a number of fixed charge notices and ASBO’s were issued in respect of anti-social behaviour to persons in the Dominick Street area. I am also advised that a number of individuals residing in the Dominick Street area have been charged with criminal offences and are subject to District Court bail conditions. Those conditions are subject of strict Garda monitoring and inspection to ensure they are being complied with.I am also assured by the Garda authorities that members employed on high visibility and covert duties, continue to ensure appropriate attention is paid to the Dominick street area, on a daily basis, in conjunction with their other assigned duties and tasks.


In addition, the new approach being taken to community safety through Local Community Safety Partnerships is being piloted in three locations; one of which is North Inner City Dublin. This approach brings together the local community and local service providers under an independent chair to develop a community safety plan for their local area. The North Inner City Dublin community safety plan is at an advanced stage of development and is expected to be finalised in Q2 of this year.


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