Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Paul McAuliffe
Dublin North West
09 December 2015

Unreported crime levels a cause for alarm – McAuliffe

Dublin North West Fianna Fáil Cllr Paul McAuliffe is calling for more Gardaí on the street in Dublin to combat the increase in violent crimes. The Fianna Fáil group leader on Dublin City Council made the call amid growing concern about the levels of unreported crime in the greater Dublin area.

“The crime problem in Dublin is soaring out of control. The latest crime statistics only reveal a part of the problem. There are more and more reports of crime hot spots and incidents of crimes going unreported.

Cllr McAuliffe was speaking in the wake of a call by Gardaí for witnesses to a serious assault of a woman in Temple Bar last weekend. It is understood the woman was knocked to the ground by a man at Bedford Lane, Temple Bar shortly after 3:30am on Saturday morning.

Members of the public helped the injured woman and she left the scene before gardaí arrived.

“On the door steps I am hearing more and more stories from people who are now afraid to go into the city centre. It appears that there are many instances of muggings, pick-pocketing and minor assault going unreported because the public don’t want to have to spend hours in a Garda station filling in a report or complaint when there is little or no chance that their assailant will ever come to court, or if they do, that they will not be punished for the crime. This is damaging to trade and tourism and has to be halted,” he urged.

“It is sad that the public have become so cynical and have so little faith in the system. Under Fianna Fáil’s seven point plan to address the growing crime problem in Dublin we are seeking more Gardaí and better squad cars; a dedicated Garda public order unit for Dublin City Centre. This unit would be present and visible on Dublin’s main streets 24/7.

“Fianna Fáil believes that now is the time to establish Community Courts in the capital to deal with low level offences such as vandalism, shoplifting and drug use. These courts would involve input from the local community and local businesses; we also want to look at the concept of a dedicated Transport police unit which will be responsible for enforcing the law on all public transport services in Dublin.

“We also want to see legislation to introduce longer sentences for those who assault elderly persons and mandatory minimum sentences for those who are convicted of burglary offences.

“We will commit to expanding the use of restorative justice in our criminal justice system where appropriate and ensure that community service orders are fit for purpose and monitored effectively.

“There is an urgent need to address the growing crime problem in Dublin and ensure that all citizens can live in safety and without fear,” added Cllr McAuliffe.