Thursday, 13 June 2019

Questions (93)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

93. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the additional measures being utilised to tackle crime in Lusk village; and the steps being taken to ensure the safety of residents. [24642/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

To be of assistance to the Deputy, I have requested a report from the Garda authorities on this matter and I will contact her again when the report is to hand.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
I refer to Parliamentary Question No. 93 of 13 June 2019 where the Deputy sought the information on the additional measures being utilised to tackle crime in Lusk village, and the steps being taken to ensure the safety of residents.
The Deputy will recall that I had sought the information from the Garda authorities and I undertook to contact her again when the information was to hand.
I am now advised by Garda authorities that Lusk is a sub-district of Balbriggan Garda District and Lusk Garda Station has responsibility for the policing of Lusk village. Local Garda management in the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) North Division report that there are proactive patrols on a daily basis. The objective of these patrols are to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, and to engage with the local community.
Local Garda management deploys resources and maintains a Garda presence through the use of mountain bicycle patrols, regular and district detective unit patrols, beat patrols and through the performance of checkpoints in the area.
I am advised that local Garda management intends to increase a Garda presence through increased high-visibility mountain bike patrols over the summer months of 2019 throughout the Balbriggan District.
Local Gardaí are supported by national units, such as the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB), Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB), Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), the Special Detective Unit (SDU), Armed Response Unit (ARU), Emergency Response Unit (ERU), the Air Support Unit (ASU), as well as the Regional DMR Roads Policing Unit.
I hope this information is of assistance.