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Anti-social behaviour on Dublin's streets 'isn't putting tourists off'

Minister Paschal Donohoe said that Ireland is “a very safe destination” for tourists.

O'Connell Street
O'Connell Street
Image: Daniel Dudek-Corrigan via Flickr/Creative Commons

THE TOURISM MINISTER has stressed that anti-social behaviour in Dublin isn’t harming the tourism industry.

Responding to a parliamentary question from Independent TD Terence Flanagan, Minister Paschal Donohoe said Ireland is “a very safe destination” for tourists when you compare the level of crime against them with the number of people visiting the country.

“However, I am naturally concerned if anything impacts negatively on the experience of visitors to our country,” the Minister continued.

“Research has shown however, that the vast majority of our overseas visitors are more than happy to subsequently recommend Ireland as a holiday destination.”

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, who questioned on the same issue by Flanagan, expressed confidence in the work gardaí have carried out in Dublin’s city centre.

This year saw a number of high-profile daylight attacks in Dublin.

A viral video showed an attack on a 3o-year old man on Dame Street in the middle of St Patrick’s Day last year. Two youths were arrested.

In a separate incident on the same day, the Irish Mirror reports that two German tourists were also attacked ‘by a gang of teens’ on a busy Dublin street.

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