Justice Minister Visits Cherry...


Justice Minister Visits Cherry Orchard To Meet Community Reps

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

04:52 23 Sep 2022

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The Justice Minister says she will never allow anti-social behaviour from a small minority to terrorise any community.

Helen McEntee was speaking after visiting Cherry Orchard to meet with the community affected by Monday night's car ramming incident.

The Minister and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris have agreed high visibility policing is crucial to ensuring that people are safe and feel safe.

It will be prioritised by operations such as Operation Citizen, which provides a visible presence in the city centre, and Operation Tombola, which tackles anti-social behaviour over the Halloween period.


Minister McEntee says: "We will always support communities – honest, hard-working people who want and deserve to be safe on their streets. We will never allow anti-social behaviour from a small minority terrorise any community.

"Communities who need our help will get it. And people who deserve to be punished will be punished.

"It is vitally important that people are safe and feel safe in the communities and in our city centres, and Commissioner Harris and I today discussed these issues, along with Minister Browne and Assistant Commissioner Willis.

"High visibility policing is central to this and Operation Citizen and other initiatives are key to ensuring that people can enjoy Dublin, whether they live or work in the city – or just want to enjoy all it has to offer.

"As Minister for Justice, I will always support An Garda Síochána with the resources and tools they need to fund these important operations.

"However, the most important way we can tackle anti-social behaviour is through supports and services, such as Youth Diversion Schemes and the Community Safety Innovation Fund."

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