Friday 22 March 2019

Justice Minister asked to intervene as TD says popular swimming spot hit with 'extreme anti-social behaviour'

Enjoying the good weather at Forty foot, Sandycove ,Dublin Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Enjoying the good weather at Forty foot, Sandycove ,Dublin Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

The Minister for Justice has been asked to intervene to prevent "extreme anti-social" behaviour at one of Dublin's most popular summer bathing spots.

Dun Laoghaire TD Richard Boyd Barret has asked Minister Charlie Flanagan to outline plans to combat anti-social behaviour at the Forty Foot at Sandycove beach.

Always a popular spot with swimmers when the temperatures rise the TD said a "minority are ruining the amenity for the majority and causing a public safety issue".

He quizzed the Justice Minister on plans to put measures in place to halt this activity in a parliamentary question.

Minister Flanagan said he has asked gardaí for a report on the matter.

In the meantime he pointed to a number of laws allowing gardaí to police anti-social behaviour.

"An Garda Síochána remains committed to tackling public disorder and anti-social behaviour by working with communities to reduce this type of behaviour and enhance community safety," he said.

"The Garda approach includes a strong focus on quality of life issues and collaboration with local authorities, businesses (in particular the night time economy) and other stakeholders to help address the causes of anti-social behaviour."

It is understood that locals have complained about drinking on the beach and in one incident a young couple were allegedly spotted having sex on top of one of the sheds in the area.

Local councilllor Cormac Devlin said that gardaí are quick to respond when it comes to issues at the much-loved coastal attraction but resourcing in the district is the problem.

"A small cohort of people can be intimidating and disruptive and it would be helpful is the gardaí had the proper resources in the area to allocate a sufficient number of gardaí to the Forty Foot and Sandycove Beach on fine days," he said, pointing out that hundreds of beach-goers use the facilities daily during the summer.

"What should be brought to the Justice Minister's attention is the lack of resources in District F and then operational issues should be brought through the proper channels," he added.

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