Tuesday 19 November 2019

Clubbers using our doors as toilets, say Temple Bar residents

Temple Bar resident Katherine Lynch
Temple Bar resident Katherine Lynch

Robin SChiller

A TEMPLE Bar resident has expressed his frustration about his front door being regularly used as a toilet by drunken revellers, and at seeing addicts smoking heroin in the street.

Michael Egan has lived near Cow’s Lane for more than 30 years,

He described how he has, on several occasions, opened the front door of his home to find people “in full flight” going to the toilet, and explained how crowds filing out of the area’s nightclubs are often a “nuisance”.

He was speaking following a meeting between Dublin City Council officials, members of An Garda Siochana and residents, who were voicing their concerns over a number of anti-social and public order issues.

“I’d raised concerns over the late licences nightclubs have in the area, and the noise made by people leaving these clubs in the early hours,” Mr Egan said.

“They come out of the clubs chanting and shouting, and people’s front doors are often used as toilets.

“They would be my main concerns. I’ve also noticed people smoking heroin in and around the area. They would be a disturbance as such, they’re just desperate,” Mr Egan added.

Also in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting in the Clarence Hotel were comedienne Katherine Lynch, local councillors Claire Byrne and Mannix Flynn, as well as Inspector Liam Geraghty, from Pearse Street Garda Station.


Residents praised the work of local gardai, but called on a larger garda presence to patrol the Temple Bar area

The latest garda crime figures show that over the past year offences for assault, the possession of controlled drugs and burglary have all increased in the Pearse Street district, which presides over the Temple Bar area.

There were 519 assaults last year in the area compared to the 481 in 2013.

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