For too long, anti-social behaviour has been a torment
Every citizen has a right to walk down their own street, to enjoy their local park, without fear of being abused or attacked. Anti-social behaviour is the scourge of communities up and down the country. Vandalism, harassment, verbal abuse, open drug abuse and general lawlessness are all unwanted features of daily life for many ordinary, hard-working, decent citizens. It is an insidious problem, which eats away at the very fabric of society. Antisocial behaviour needs to be urgently and effectively tackled. For too long, this behaviour has been allowed not only to fester, but to grow.
The rise in antisocial behaviour is due, in large measure, to political indifference, combined with the lack of effective remedies and meaningful powers to enable law enforcement agencies to deal appropriately with those responsible for such behaviour.
Fianna Fáil recognise that there is no quick fix solution. The causes of antisocial behaviour are many and complex. Accordingly, any solution must also be multi-layered and comprehensive.