Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (153)

Tony Gregory

Question:

154 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if a report can be provided by the Garda authorities regarding the action taken in response to the spate of repeated tyre slashing at Ostman Place, Dublin 7; if arrests have been made; if the area is being adequately patrolled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8194/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that on 26 February 2004 there were two reports to gardaí of criminal damage to vehicles on Ostman Place. I am also informed that on 4 March 2004 there were three further reports of criminal damage to vehicles on the same street. The damage to the vehicles consisted of vehicle tyres being slashed in each case. Technical examinations have been carried out on some of the vehicles involved and results are awaited. There is no apparent motive for these incidents and to date there have been no arrests.

The area receives regular attention from both uniform and plain clothes beats and mobile patrols. In addition, there is one community garda assigned to this area, who continually liaises with residents in the area. Finally, I am informed that every effort is being made by local Garda management to deal with this matter.