GARDAI in the capital are being forced to work "with one arm behind their backs" due to poor resources, it's been claimed.
The issues of crime, drug taking and aggressive begging in Dublin city centre were raised in the Dail just days after the tragic death of homeless man Jonathan Corrie.
Fianna Fail accused the Government of failing to deal with the issues of crime and anti- social behaviour in areas such as Temple Bar, O'Connell Street and the Liffey boardwalk.
The party's Justice spokesperson, Niall Collins, challenged Tanaiste Joan Burton to put extra resources into the area of policing in order to deal with the growing issue of crime.
But there were heated exchanges between TDs as Ms Burton was accused of being in denial over the issues affecting Dublin businesses.
Mr Collins claimed garda numbers have dropped significantly in the city and businesses are struggling to deal with issues such as shop-lifting, handbag snatching and drug-dealing.
"They [businesses] told a tale of crime in Dublin city centre which is quite shocking," Mr Collins said.
"Gardai are trying to do their job in Dublin city centre with one arm tied behind their backs because of a lack of resources."
Independent TD for Dublin North Central Finian McGrath said communities are being torn apart by crime.
"The Tanaiste knows that ordinary Dublin communities are being intimidated by crime, but she is doing nothing about it," he said.
Ms Burton said that gardai have embarked on a strategy of calling door-to-door as part of a community policing approach. She accused Fianna Fail of "putting the shutters" on the garda training college in Templemore, as well as cutting garda pay.