There are concerns about a rise in public order incidents because of the good weather.
They’ve increased 13 percent this year and gardai are planning to increase patrols at beaches and parks during the dry spell to target teenagers who are drinking.
Head of the Joint Policing Committee Cllr Daithi de Roiste said some young people cause havoc because they drink in public places.
‘’Public order offences are up because of people drinking outside clubs in town and things like that and that’s the underlying problem. But with the good weather, you’ll see it jump more because people are outdoors. They’re having fun and they’re drinking.
‘I think the gardai need to increase high visibility patrols particularly in the parks. What we have is young GAA teams training in parks and the last thing they need is to get accosted by people who are under the influence of alcohol.’
Two years ago Operation Irene was mounted in Dublin following a number of public order incidents during the summer. Gardai have now committed to doing something similar this year. Cllr de Roiste says they also need to monitor public transport closely.
‘Gardai need to liase with Iarnorod Eireann and the DART and large number of people aren’t heading out to beaches and going drinking because we’ve seen the mayhem that causes.’