DUBLIN's Lord Mayor has highlighted a problem everyone who works or shops in the city is unfortunately all too familiar with.
The Lord Mayor, Cllr Gerry Breen, says begging has become the number one issue for residents and visitors to the city centre.
He wants a new law on begging, which has just finished its second stage in the Dail, to be enacted quickly.
It will make it illegal for anyone to beg within 10 metres of a business premises in a city centre that does up to €3bn of business each year, he says. The Lord Mayor has come under fire for suggesting drug treatment centres should be moved to city suburbs in order to spread the problem of addicts on the streets.
The current situation makes it uncomfortable for many of us to visit or shop in the city. A solution needs to be looked at urgently.