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Businesses want to make Dublin city safer - here's how

Better policing, an outreach team and tackling repeat offenders, mostly.

AN ENHANCED POLICING initiative, a system to “manage” repeat offenders and a new outreach agency are some of the measures being suggested to make Dublin safer.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald met with business leaders from around Dublin yesterday to discuss how to make the capital a safer place to work, shop and live.

Part of that response involves the implementation of an effort to police the city by An Garda Síochána as outlined in the Dublin City Centre Policing Plan.

Fitzgerald says that this will see more uniformed gardaí around the city.

“I want to see more of this high-visibility, frontline policing and I have discussed this matter directly with the Garda Commissioner who has recognised the importance of this approach.

“As a result Gardaí will be rolling-out enhanced City Centre policing initiatives with a focus on a high-visibility uniformed presence on key thoroughfares and busy City Centre areas; as well as the use of covert undercover Gardaí as appropriate.”

A street outreach team made up of workers from a range of agencies will ““work to identify, approach and engage with vulnerable and high-risk individuals” and to “address the perceived negative impact that this group has on the city centre”.

There will be a new “offender management programme”, which will tackle the problem of repeat offenders, who are often known to gardaí, being able to be around the city with impunity.

Fitzgerald also said that there was an agreement to review legislation around the sale of alcohol.

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