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Joint Policing Committees should accommodate community involvement in tackling social problems – Ó Snodaigh

20 July, 2007


At today's meeting of the Dublin South Central Joint Policing Committee (JPC) Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD will call for more community involvement in dealing with social problems. Deputy Ó Snodaigh will call on the JPC to host public meetings in the area to discuss the problem of alcohol abuse and its implications for communities, anti-social behaviour and issues related to poor estate management.

Speaking before the meeting today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Communities throughout Dublin are being plagued by social problems including alcohol abuse and anti-social behaviour and other issues such as poor estate management. However, the communities suffering these problems rarely get the opportunity to have an input in the debate on how to deal with the problem. That is where I think the area JPCs have a role to play.

"I will propose, at the Dublin South Central JPC meeting today, that the JPC host two public meetings with a problem solving focus in the South Central area - one on alcohol abuse and its implications for the area and another on anti-social behaviour and estate management. My colleagues on the other four Dublin JPCs will make similar proposals at their respective meetings.

"It is essential that communities are accommodated to have a genuine input and make recommendations on the issues that have a direct effect on their everyday lives. Any recommendations coming out of these meetings should be forwarded to the relevant citywide JPC Working Group to inform its work and its final recommendations." ENDS

Note to editor: Sinn Féin have four members on the South Central JPC Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, Cllr. Robbie Sargent (South Central JPC Chairperson), Cllr. Críona Ní Dalaigh and Cllr. Louise Minihan.

Sinn Féin have four members on the South Central JPC Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, Cllr. Robbie Sargent (South Central JPC Chairperson), Cllr. Críona Ní Dalaigh and Cllr. Louise Minihan.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh will be available to speak to the media on his way into the meeting at 2:50pm this afternoon outside City Hall.

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