Fianna Fáil has today published a Bill to immediately establish a dedicated Public Order Unit in Dublin to crack down on public disorder and anti-social behaviour in the city.
The Bill sets up a special unit within the gardaí to clean up the city, target blatant substance abuse on the streets and crack down on violent and intimidating behaviour on public transport and in public areas.
The party’s Spokesperson on Dublin Senator Darragh O’Brien said, “Dubliners are sick of having to turn a blind eye to the ever increasing prevalence of drugs, alcohol abuse, petty theft, vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the city centre. The boardwalk along the Liffey has become a drugs haven and it’s extremely upsetting and intimidating for Dubliners and tourists alike.
“Unfortunately this activity is spread out in pockets throughout the city. Commuters using public transport are frequently subjected to anti-social behaviour on their journeys in and out of town. Petty thefts, muggings and bike thefts are on the increase. It’s very frustrating that this great city is being marred by such behaviour,” said Senator O’Brien.
The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins said the provisions are not there within An Garda Síochána to crack down on this problem.
“At the moment the gardaí do not have the support to tackle this on a day to day basis. They simply don’t have the manpower, the resources and the political support to target this type of criminal activity to the extent that is needed. People living, working and visiting this city should not be expected to just accept this any longer.
“This Bill would establish a dedicated Public Order Unit within An Garda Síochána to specifically target anti-social behaviour, public disorder and petty crime in the city. This unit would work directly with Dublin City Council, the Dublin Business Improvement District, local traders and tourism associations. At the moment, there is no garda unit solely dedicated to cleaning up the city centre in this way.
“I have moved this Bill in the Dáil and will be seeking to have it debated at the earliest opportunity. Under our proposals, the Public Order Unit would be up and running within three months of the legislation being passed. I am urging all Dublin TDs in particular to stand up for their communities and support this constructive proposal to help clean up the city.”