This morning I chaired the last North Inner City Policing Committee meeting of 2018. It was a packed agenda in City Hall with the Smithfield Stoneybatter Business Association presenting as well as the regular report from the Garda Chief Superintendent and his senior management team in the Division.
Following the presentation by Greg Rouse, Chairman of the Smithfield Stoneybatter Business Association, the Gardaí confirmed the following:
⁃ A feasibility study is being finalized for the installation of new CCTV in Smithfield Square.
⁃ Dedicated Public Order patrols have been put in place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
⁃ Operation Pump remains in situ in Smithfield and across the north-west inner city with high visibility patrols to target drug dealing.
⁃ In recent months, 635 searches have occurred under the Misuse of Drugs legislation.
⁃ Premises with off licenses are being inspected in order to ensure that are in accordance with Liquor Licensing Laws.
⁃ Operation Thor patrols have been continuing across Stoneybatter including Kirwan Street, Ostman Place, Ard Righ Road, Ivan Street.
⁃ Similar patrols have been taking place in St. Michan’s House, Little Britain Street and Halston Street.
⁃ Bridewell Community Clinics are also continuing in Prussia Street, Brother Kevin’s, Oak House and Spirasi.
⁃ To date, 1203 Proactive Patrols have taken place across the last six months within the Bridewell district.
⁃ Burglary incidents are down 10% on 2017 figures.
⁃ Bridewell senior Garda management indicated its support for the closure of the laneway to the rear of homes on Ormond Square and parallel to Ormond Quay.
In addition to the 75 Garda allocated to the area since April 4th, another 17 officers started in the Dublin Central Division on December 3rd. A further 11 Sergeants and Inspectors have been deployed across the local policing districts.
A targeted Policing Plan for the festive period will also be put in place across the Bridewell District.
Please get in touch with me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com if you have any questions or queries arising from the details outlined above.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Leader, Fine Gael, Dublin City Council
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee