Calls Continue For A More Visi...


Calls Continue For A More Visible Garda Presence In The City

Emily Keegan
Emily Keegan

05:30 13 Aug 2023

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Concerns for public safety and calls for an increase in the number of Gardaí on Dublin streets are continuing this week.

This follows a number of high-profile assaults on tourists, which have occurred in the city centre over recent weeks.

Lord Mayor Daithí de Róiste says we don't have enough Gardaí on the city streets, but things are improving.

"I've been out across the city every night of the week this week. I've seen a much improved Garda presence across the streets of Dublin, and that's important."

He adds that incidents like this will continue, but there is more that can be done about them.

"We're always going to have incidents that crop up. There's always going to be attacks."

"We need to be doing more. It's not just on Helen McEntee, but an awful lot of it does rest there with the Minister for Justice."

Following recent attacks and a growing concern for public safety, Minister McEntee announced funding of €10 million for Dublin Gardaí, which The Lord Mayor welcomes.

This funding will go towards Garda overtime and will result in around twenty thousand shifts by the end of the year.

Minister Simon Harris has also spoken in relation to the recent assaults, condemning the actions on behalf of the government.

Speaking at the 101st Collins Griffith Commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetery today, he said:

"To be very clear, thuggery cannot and will not be tolerated in our capital city. People trying to go about their lives, people trying to enjoy our cities, enjoy our communities. Ireland is known as a country of Céad Míle Fáilte. It is a stain and a huge difficulty when this happens."

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