Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

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.

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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.

Fianna Fáil’s plan to tackle anti-social behaviour

  1. Greater Garda presence

    Reform An Garda Síochána to place the “Community Officer” at the centre of the work of the Gardaí ensuring greater Garda presence in local communities.

  2. New Garda powers

    Give increased powers to An Garda Síochána to deal with antisocial behaviour (including new “Public Space Protection Orders”, “Disperse Orders” and “Community Protection Orders”) together with the establishment of the role of “Resident Support Worker”: a person living in an area employed by the Local Authority with a number of powers to assist in the battle against antisocial behaviour.

  3. Support the Juvenile Diversion Programmes

    Increased and sustained investment in the Juvenile Diversion Programme and reverse the decision of the Department of Justice to centralise the Juvenile Diversion Programme.

  4. Make eviction of the worst offenders possible

    The introduction of a statutory mechanism for immediate enforcement of eviction orders against tenants involved in extreme antisocial behaviour.

Domestic violence and Sexual Offences

Significant work needs to continue to ensure that the victim blaming culture that is often prevalent in this country is reversed.

Placing Victims at the Centre of the Criminal Justice System

For too long, the criminal justice system has been focused on the perpetrators of crime and not the victim.

Sexual Offences Against Children

Only 4% of reported sexual crimes against children result in a court conviction.

Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

For too long, anti-social behaviour has been allowed to fester.

Tackling Rural Crime

The government has failed to protect rural communities against crime.

Violent Crime

We need a strategy that strikes a balance between prevention through early intervention and robust law enforcement.

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