Gardai are to increase patrols in the lead up to Halloween
Gardai are to increase patrols in the lead up to Halloween

Gardai in Lucan and Clondalkin are to continue to increase patrols in the area to combat anti-social behaviour coming up to Halloween.

An Garda Siochana in the DMR West Division have announced they are to extend ‘Operation Irene’ over the Halloween period in order to increase patrols of local parks and open spaces.

The operation is credited as being successful in curbing anti-social behaviour in the area.

Local TD John Curran welcomed the news.

Deputy Curran was commenting after attending the Joint Policing Committee of DMR West and South Dublin County Council earlier this month.

He said: “Increased Garda patrols of our parks and open spaces over the Halloween period are to be welcomed.

“‘Operation Irene’ was a very successful operation that was implemented by the gardai 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 and criminal activity.

“This operation was particularly successful and proved a deterrent towards persons who previously engaged in anti-social and 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 gardai.”

Deputy Curran said he hoped the extension of the operation would be of benefit to the entire community.

“The gardai 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,” he said.

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 gardai’s policing plan for the area.”

He added that he hoped to see further extensions to the operation beyond the Halloween period.

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