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Local groups join forces to tackle public drinking

Thursday, 6th June, 2019 6:00pm
Local groups join forces to tackle public drinking

Pictured at the launch of this year’s Operation Irene are various stakeholders and members of the gardai.

Local groups join forces to tackle public drinking

Pictured at the launch of this year’s Operation Irene are various stakeholders and members of the gardai.

A NEW initiative aimed at cracking down on underage and public drinking has been launched in Dun Laoghaire.

Operation Irene was initiated at County Hall, Dún Laoghaire as a targeted multi-agency operation to combat underage alcohol consumption and consumption of alcohol in public places throughout the Dublin Metropolitan Region and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area.

 Members of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the gardai, GoAhead Ireland, and Iarnróid Eireann aim to crack down on the issue through the enforcement of legislation regulating the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol as well as relevant public order legislation. 

Operation Irene involves the gardai working in conjunction with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and other stakeholders to counter anti-social behaviour.

This will be achieved by engaging directed patrolling in the County’s public amenities, namely parks and seafronts to tackle public disorder, the consumption of alcohol in public places and the sale of alcohol to underage youths.

“If you have a complaint contact your local Garda station and quote ‘Operation Irene’ before making a complaint,” the group said in statement.

“Give  the nature of the complaint and a member of An Garda Síochána will contact the necessary stakeholders as soon as possible.

“An Garda Síochána will work closely in cooperation with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and other stakeholders to ensure the public’s peaceful enjoyment of the amenities.

“The council provides a lifeguard, a litter warden and a Park Warden service while Garda Síochána will reciprocate the cooperative effort with high visibility and covert policing through Operation Irene.”

The statement adds: “The Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council byelaws will be enforced fully where offences are found.”

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