Five people banned from city centre under ASBO
Four men and a woman have been banned from Dublin city centre for a year because of anti-social behaviour.
The ban was imposed yesterday by Judge John O'Neill in Dublin District Court because of their activities in O'Connell Street and surrounding areas.
The orders, known as Asbos, had been sought by Supt Sean Ward, of Store Street garda station, and follow an operation, codenamed Stilts, which was aimed at tackling drug trafficking and public order in the district.
The order was based on their activities in the city centre between July and October last year.
None of the five lives in the area.
The orders were granted against a 33-year-old man from Swords, Co Dublin; a 32-year-old woman, from Dublin 7 on the northside; a 30-year-old man, from Clondalkin in west Dublin; a 27-year-old man from Clongriffin, also on the northside; and a 21-year-old man from Finglas, in west Dublin.
The five are banned from an area between Capel Street and Amiens Street and the North Quays to Parnell Street, every day between 7am and 9pm for 12 months.
If any of the five breach the order of the court, they are liable to be arrested and face a criminal charge.
Operation Stilts was reviewed and relaunched in the north inner city last May.
Under the terms of the Criminal Justice Act 2006, warnings are issued to anyone involved in anti-social behaviour, and after three warnings applications can then be made to the court to impose Asbos.
Gardai from Store Street as well as representatives of the Dublin city centre business community and Dublin city council gave evidence in court.
Each of the five had already received more than three anti- social behaviour warnings before the application was made to the district court.