Gardaí must be adequately resourced in Budget 2023 to tackle anti-social behaviour in our cities, a Fine Gael TD has said.
Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell, said, “There is a culture of fear growing in our cities as a result of anti-social behaviour. It cannot be allowed to continue. Fine Gael are committed to making stronger, safer communities across Ireland and by ensuring that Gardaí have the tools and resources to tackle anti-social behaviour, we can achieve this.
“Social media footage from Ballyfermot in recent days shows abhorrent disregard for community safety, the safety of Gardaí, and a complete lack of respect for the residents of the area. Moreover, 760 incidents of anti-social behaviour have been reported on Irish Rail services in the first six months of this year.”
Deputy Farrell continued, “Operation Citizen was a welcome endeavour by Gardaí and the Department of Justice. A parliamentary question I tabled in July showed that 3,252 incidents were recorded under Operation Citizen covering the period 1 January to 20 June 2022. The total figure includes 1,131 crime and 2,121 non-crime incidents.
“Recent budgets have increased the number of Gardaí and support staff and I hope that we will see more resources given to Gardaí in the Budget later this month.
“As the evenings begin to get darker as we approach the Autumn and Winter seasons, people must feel safe when getting public transport, walking home from work or just simply being in or around the city. The only way this is possible is to have the presence of Gardai felt on our streets”, concluded Deputy Farrell.