Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (680)

Neale Richmond


680. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Justice if she will report on her recent meeting with the Garda Commissioner; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7292/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Following a number of initial discussions on our shared concern about recent serious crime incidents, particularly in Dublin, I met with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to further discuss the issue last week.

The Commissioner confirmed that An Garda Síochána has a comprehensive policing plan in place in Dublin’s north inner city and we also discussed what more can be done to tackle knife crime.

We both agreed that strong community engagement, increased community safety and youth services are a key element in preventing and reducing crime. We also discussed outreach and information programmes, run in a number of different languages, for all communities, as well as youth justice and other interventions.

It was also agreed that further analysis is needed to provide greater insights into the level of violent incidents in society and the Commissioner and I will remain in ongoing contact on the issue.

Finally, I would like to once again extend my deepest sympathies to all those impacted by the shocking violent incidents which have taken place in Dublin in recent weeks.