Call for new Garda unit for Dublin city centre

There are calls this morning for a new Garda unit to tackle violent street crime and gangs in Dublin's city centre.

Under new Fianna Fáil proposals, the unit would focus specifically on public order crimes on our main commercial streets.

The idea has come from a party candidate standing in the north inner city for next month's local elections.

The plans to introduce a new Garda unit dedicated to tackling drug dealing, gang crime and anti-social behaviour could be rolled out in Dublin city centre.

The proposals put forward by Fianna Fail's Brian Mohan would mean a dedicated support team and management structure within An Garda Síochána for the capital.

The visible presence of members of the force 24/7 may go a long way in ensuring safer streets.

Brian Mohan says the crime statistics in the city prove there is a need for action.

He said there were more than 10,000 recorded thefts in the last three months of 2013, over 3,000 burglaries and nearly 3,000 criminal damage offences in the Garda Dublin Metropolitan Region.

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