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Sinn Féin to carry out door-to-door survey on anti-social behaviour

23 October, 2006

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Dublin City Councillors Larry O'Toole and Críona Ní Dhalaigh will attend the inaugural meeting of Dublin City's Joint Policing Committee which takes place this evening at 4.30pm in Dublin City Hall. All three will be available to speak to the media at 1.30pm today (Monday 24th) at the Kildare Street entrance to Leinster House.

Speaking in advance of the meeting Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD welcomed the establishment of the Joint Policing Committee and called on members of the public to attend tonight's meeting. He said Sinn Féin would be carrying out a door to door survey across the city to get the views of local communities on the issues that they would like to see prioritised. A full report would be made public before Christmas.

The Dublin South Central TD:

"Sinn Féin welcomes the establishment of the Joint Policing Committee in Dublin City. We believe that it has the potential to play a valuable role in building better relationships between local communities and the Gardaí, in holding the Gardaí to account and in tackling the anti-social behaviour that is causing havoc in communities across this city. I would encourage members of the public to attend tonight's meeting.

"Tonight we will be calling for the Joint Policing Committee and each of the 5 sub committees to meet at least six times a year. It is currently proposed that it meet twice yearly. If the committee does not meet more regularly it will be little more than a talking shop. People across Dublin have a right to feel safe in their homes and in the local communities and they are expecting groups such as this one to offer serious solutions.

"We will also be calling for the Local Policing Fora that have been piloted in some areas of Dublin to be given proper recognition and for a series of public meetings to take place across the city in the coming months to allow greater input from local communities.

"We want to see the Gardaí working in partnership with local communities. We want to see greater trust. We want to see local communities have confidence that when they contact the Gardaí about anti-social behaviour, drugs being sold on their doorsteps or any other crime that there will be immediate action.

"To guide our work on the committee Sinn Féin representatives across Dublin City are going to carry out a detailed survey to get the views of local communities on the issues that they would like to see prioritised. From this week we will be going door to door across the city talking to people and we will be bringing back a detailed report which we will make public before Christmas.

"It is vital that we listen to the needs of local communities. Their concerns about anti-social behaviour, the drugs epidemic, rising crime. We need to work together to bring forward lasting solutions and not the type of gimmicks that have been launched in the media spotlight and which have delivered little."


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