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Justice Minister Helen McEntee announces crackdown on anti-social behavior in Dublin after garda car ramming in Cherry Orchard

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Justice Minister Helen McEntee has announced a number of measures to crack down on anti-social behavior following the ramming of a garda car in Cherry Orchard earlier this week.

high-visibility patrols will be stepped up in problem areas, including in the city center. However, after a meeting with top gardaí, a joint statement said the best way to deal with anti-social behavior is through supports for communities and young people, such as Youth Diversion Programs and other services.

Minister McEntee said it is “vitally important” that people are safe and feel safe in communities and city centers.

“We will always support communities – honest, hard-working people who want and deserve to be safe on their streets,” she said.

Minister McEntee and Junior Law Reform Minister James Browne yesterday met with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and Angela Willis, assistant commissioner for the Dublin Metropolitan Region.

The meeting was convened to discuss safety and anti-social behavior in Dublin and other areas following public concern over a number of recent incidents.

The ministers and Commissioner agreed that “high-visibility policing is crucial to ensuring that people are safe and feel safe”.

“As Minister for Justice, I will always support An Garda Síochána with the resources and tools they need to fund these important operations,” Ms McEntee. “However, the most important way we can tackle anti-social behavior is through supports and services, such as youth diversion schemes and the Community Safety Innovation Fund.”

This will be prioritized by supporting and enhancing operations, such as Operation Citizen, which provides a visible presence in the city center, and Operation Tombola, which tackles anti-social behavior over the Halloween period, and
high-visibility policing through local teams in our towns and cities.

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