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Fine Gael Senator: Parts of Cork City are ‘no-go areas’ due to anti-social behaviour 

A Government Senator has told the Seanad that parts of Cork city are being terrorised by high levels of anti-social behaviour.  

Senator Jerry Buttimer said today that this has created a situation whereby substantial parts of the city are now no-go areas and that fears are emerging that this will lead to a “summer of discontent” for affected residents, visitors, and business owners.

It was reported last week that hundreds of teenagers had engaged in violent brawls after they gathered in Cork city centre around Grand Parade, Daunt Square and Cornmarket streets.

This led to multiple arrests and the need for medical assistance to be given by Gardaí to some of the teenagers involved.

Cork City Council has accepted in its own Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy that managing this kind of action has become increasingly more difficult to manage.

Incidents of violent anti-social haviour have been reported in several areas around the country recently including Ennis in County Clare where, according to one government party TD, the use of ‘inappropriate sites’ to house persons in emergency accommodation is leading to rising crime.

Fine Gael TD Joe Carey recently informed Clare Joint Policing Committee (JPC), that the use of Ashford Court Hotel and Westbrook House when it comes to housing persons with “complex needs”, is leading to a fallout “that is spilling onto the streets of Ennis”.

Prior to taking maternity leave, the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee said that the Programme for Government contains a number of commitments to build stronger, safer communities including the establishment of an expert Forum on Anti-Social Behaviour.

The first meeting of the Forum on Anti-Social Behaviour was chaired by the Minister of State with responsibility for Law Reform, James Browne last October.

According to Minister McEntee resolving the issue of violent anti-social behaviour is not solely the responsibility of the Gardaí.

Minister McEntee has insisted that “a holistic approach” from the whole of Government is required to adequately address the concerns of residents in communities that are adversely affected by anti-social behaviour.

 

 

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