Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Ceisteanna (139)

Charlie O'Connor

Ceist:

226 Mr. O’Connor asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if the Garda Síochána have the resources to deal effectively with the serious crime problems at the bridge across the Tallaght bypass linking The Square and Seán Walsh park; if his attention has been drawn to the importance of this bridge to the community and to the fact that the bridge should remain open and be safe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6325/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I have been informed by the Garda authorities who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the gardaí in Tallaght are aware of the importance to the local community of the footbridge across the Tallaght bypass linking The Square shopping centre and Seán Walsh park.

In order to combat crime and ensure safety in the area, extra Garda foot patrols have been allocated to the area. These patrols are augmented by the community gardaí and the mountain bike unit. In addition, plain clothes personnel conduct ongoing covert operations in the vicinity.

The gardaí in Tallaght will make every effort to ensure the bridge remains open and safe for pedestrians. Local Garda management are satisfied that they have adequate resources to deal with the problems associated with the footbridge.