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Sunday 17 December 2017

Australian police ask GAA clubs to assist over drunken Irish in Perth reporters

YOUNG IRISH immigrants going wild down under has prompted a crackdown by police concerned by alleged antisocial behaviour.

A disproportionate number of Irish are involved in offences and rental agencies don’t want to let to young Irish – so bad is their reputation for parties and leaving properties in bad condition – according to reports.

All of Perth’s GAA clubs will be spoken to by officers, according to the Irish Echo newspaper.

An email to all members of St Finbarr’s GFC club claims that Perth police are “extremely unhappy and appalled by the antisocial behaviour which is taking place all too often on the streets and in the pubs across Perth”.

It goes on: “Even rental agencies are not willing to rent properties to Irish people here in Perth as they are getting destroyed during parties and being left in terrible conditions once vacated.”

The email advises members that the WA Police will be speaking to “all of the GAA clubs”.

“They want to get the message across to all Irish in Perth that what has been going on is just not acceptable, and if it continues there will be consequences.”

“Police will be adopting a Zero tolerance policy for any antisocial behaviour. If individuals don’t abide by the law, and take heed of move on notices, their visas will firstly be investigated, before court action, meaning that deportation would be the final conclusion. This is the last thing anyone of us or our fellow Irish counterparts here in Perth want.

“This a very serious matter, and I hope that you and your friends will now be aware of the consequences should occurrences with the Police occur. Not something we are encouraging that is for sure.

The email, from ‘Linda H’, President of St Finbarr’s GFC, concludes: “Please spread the work to your fellow Irish, as this is affecting all of our reputations here not only the people who are causing the trouble.”

A police spokesperson said: “This action is in response to reports of a disproportionate number of Irish involved in offences within these entertainment precincts. Irish, however, are only one nationality in a number associated with the backpacker scene where further targeted activities are planned to increase awareness of local liquor licensing and criminal laws.”

She added: “It is clear that there are some significant differences in the policing of licensed premises in Australia to those in Ireland. In particular the liquor infringement and move on notice are not widely understood and the purpose of the community level engagement was to target education at an area where this crime prevention advice was deemed appropriate.”

The Irish Echo recently spoke to the owners of two of the city’s Irish pubs who said that they were unhappy about the behaviour of some of the young Irish arriving in Perth.

One of the unnamed pub owners said: “We don’t want the young Irish here.”

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