John Curran T.D., has welcomed plans by An Garda Síochána in DMR West Division to extend ‘Operation Irene’ over the Halloween period in order to increase patrols of our local parks and open spaces. Deputy Curran was commenting after attending the Joint Policing Committee of DMR West and South Dublin County Council recently.

“Increased Garda Patrols of our parks and open spaces over the Halloween period is to be welcomed. ‘Operation Irene’ was a very successful operation that was implemented by the Gardaí over the summer months to tackle Public Order issues where particular emphasis was placed on our local parks and open areas in an attempt to prevent anti-social & criminal activity. This operation was particularly successful and proved a deterrent towards persons who previously engaged in anti-social & criminal activity in areas such as Fonthill, and Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Griffeen Park, in the environs of the shops at Ballyowen, Hillcrest and Lucan Shopping Centre according to the Gardaí.”

“The Gardaí have now confirmed that a full Policing plan, including an extension to ‘Operation Irene’ will be in operation during the Halloween period to combat similar anti-social behaviour and to improve Community Confidence in the area and in our local parks and recreational spots. ‘Business Watch’ programmes and Neighbourhood Watch Groups are also operational in Clondalkin Village, Lucan, Rathcoole, Saggart and Citywest areas and the Garda Late Night Leagues will commence in November in conjunction with the FAI and SDCC; all of which are part of the Gardaí’s policing plan for the area. 

Local residents deserve to feel safe in their local parks and open spaces; therefore I welcome the extension of ‘Operation Irene’ by an Garda Síochána and I will call for its continued extension in our area in order to provide continued safety and prevention of anti-social behaviour”, concluded Deputy Curran.