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Justice Minister’s confirmation that anti-teenager alarms are a form of assault is welcome – Mitchell

10 May, 2018 - by Denise Mitchell TD


Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD has welcomed a response by the Justice Minister regarding the issue of anti-teenager alarms, commonly referred to as ‘Mosquito Alarms’.

Speaking on Thursday, Deputy Mitchell said:

“I want to welcome the response from the Justice Minister confirming that the use of these devices constitutes a form of assault. Their use is discriminatory as it targets all young people regardless of whether or not they are involved in any anti-social activity.

“We have seen an increase in the use of these devices by some businesses in Dublin in recent months. In some cases, these electronic devices have been placed close to bus stops which can result in a young person being exposed to the high-pitched sound for a long period of time.

“I found it incredible that some local authorities had even decided to install these devices on their properties, and I hope the Minister’s comments will result in their removal.

“I particularly want to commend Youth Work Ireland who have long-campaigned against the use of these devices and I believe the response from the Justice Minister is vindication of their stance on this matter.” 

Note: Please see the correspondence in the form of a PQ below

Denise Mitchell (Dublin Bay North, Sinn Fein)

177. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if guidelines or restrictions exist on the use of electronic anti-loitering devices, commonly referred to as mosquito alarms; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18625/18]

Charles Flanagan (Laois, Fine Gael)

177. I can advise the Deputy that Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 sets out the offence of assault and refers to the application of "force". Noise is expressly included as being one of the types of "force" to which section 2 of the Act applies.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that an instruction issued to all member of An Garda Síochána and directs that any complaints received regarding the use of such devices will be fully investigated with a view to seeking the directions of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

If any person has concerns about the use of such devices in a particular locality, the matter should be reported to the Gardaí.

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