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Doolan-Be Nice or get Barred

8 November, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment & Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today welcomed, "the launch of the Play Nice Campaign in Dublin's Temple Bar."

Speaking at the launch in The Morgan Hotel, Cllr. Doolan said:

"This is a serious attempt by Traders in the Area Supporting the Cultural Quarter, (TASCQ), to tackle the ongoing drunken loutish image Temple Bar has acquired in recent years. The 3,000 local residents and dozens of local businesses have had enough of the larger, the trouble and the urine and have together drawn a line in the sand. This behaviour is no longer welcome in Dublin's cultural quarter. The campaign is focused on tackling 6 serious issues including noise levels, excessive drinking, public urination and littering. It is supported by City Council, Dublin Bus and the Gardaí and will involve the installation of 8 CCTV cameras, a publicans charter and on the spot litter fines.

I will continue to work with the residents, the businesses and TASCQ to ensure this initiative sets the standards for others to follow. The government must now row in behind the project and support it through legislation and financial support for Temple Bar's Irish music and cultural festival in February next year."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, called on the government, "to complement today's initiative and introduce legislation to regulate the private security industry particularly for those involved in the publican industry."

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