New O’Connell Street garda station to tackle ‘mindless thuggery’ and drug dealing

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A new garda station will be setup on O’Connell Street to tackle drug dealing and anti social crimes.

Justice Minister Helen McEntee told a Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting the premises on 13A O’Connell Street will be made available to the gardai. There was previously a Citizen’s Information office at the site.

The Fine Gael Minister also said Operation Citizen, which targets antisocial behaviour and promotes garda visibility in the city centre, will now run seven days a week rather than at weekends only.

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Operation Citizen, Operation Spire – which specifically targets anti social behaviour and drug dealing on O’Connell Street – will be run from the new station. It has been mooted that Victim Support may be run from the new station as well.

Since its inception, Operation Citizen has focused on public order, assaults and high volume crime in the city centre with 1,114 persons charged to date and almost 6,000 High-Visibility beats taking place.

Fine Gael Councillor Ray McAdam said “mindless thuggery” will not be allowed to stop those trying to make the city safer.

He said: “The fact that operation citizen is being extended highlights the challenges we face within the city with regards to public order, anti-social behaviour and ensuring Dubliners are safe.

“Coupled with a new permanent Garda office on O’Connell Street these steps will further enhance Garda visibility on our city streets. They will also ensure that public safety is maintained and should better enable the Gardai to target those intent on intimidating people, on being a public nuisance or simply out to cause trouble.

He added: “So much good work has been done these last two years to enhance the city, anti-social behaviour and mindless thuggery will not be allowed to jeopardise that work.”

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