Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (522)

Seán Kenny


533 Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he plans to have more offences covered under the fixed penalty notice order for public order offences where alcohol is involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34700/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

Section 184 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006, which came into operation on 1 August, 2006, inserted into the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994 provision for a fixed charge procedure in relation to the offences of intoxication in a public place and disorderly conduct in a public place. While these provisions are kept under ongoing review, I have no plans for their extension at present.

An Garda Síochána use these powers, as well as other provisions of the Public Order Acts and the Intoxicating Liquor Acts to keep our streets as safe as possible, including bringing of prosecutions where appropriate. I am in regular contact with the Garda authorities about these matters and the efficacy of the powers available to them in this regard.