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Thursday 22 February 2018

Justice Minister asked to tackle 'anti-social behaviour' at Forty Foot bathing spot

There have been complaints of excessive drinking at the Forty Foot at Sandycove Beach in Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn
There have been complaints of excessive drinking at the Forty Foot at Sandycove Beach in Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

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

Dún Laoghaire TD Richard Boyd Barrett has asked Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan to outline plans to combat anti-social behaviour at the Forty Foot at Sandycove Beach in south Dublin.

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

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

Mr Flanagan said he had 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."

Respond

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

Local councillor Cormac Devlin said that gardaí were generally quick to respond when it comes to issues at the much-loved coastal attraction, but that resourcing in the district was the problem.

He said: "A small cohort of people can be intimidating and disruptive and it would be helpful if the gardaí had the proper resources in the area to allocate a sufficient number of officers to the Forty Foot and Sandycove Beach on fine days."

Mr Devlin added: "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."

Irish Independent

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