Sinn Féin calls for end to use of ‘mosquito’ anti-teenager alarms in city
Sinn Féin Crumlin/Kimmage Councillor Ray McHugh has called for an end to the use of so-called ‘mosquito’ anti-loitering alarms in Dublin following confirmation from the Justice Minister that the use of such devices constituted a form of assault.
Councillor McHugh said:
“These devices emit a high-pitched noise and are typically used by businesses to dissuade teenagers from gathering in an area. They are indiscriminate and target all young people regardless of whether or not they are involved in any anti-social activity.
“I have written to Dublin City Council’s Air Quality Monitoring and Noise Control Unit regarding this issue and they have confirmed that they will investigate complaints regarding the use of these devices.
“I would ask businesses to refrain from placing such devices on their premises and if a person has any concerns about the use of ‘mosquito alarms’ in a locality, the matter should be reported to the gardaí,” he said.
Last month, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD raised the issue of the use of these devices with the Justice Minister.
Deputy Mitchell said:
“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.”
Deputy Mitchell also commended Youth Work Ireland for their ongoing campaign against the use of these devices.