Nearly 50% of people do not feel safe in Dublin city at night: Poll

NEARLY half of people in Dublin do not feel safe in the city at night time, a poll has found.

Of the 2,200 people who responded, 46% disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement “I feel safe when I am in the city at night-time”.

The results are contained in the “Your Dublin, Your Voice” research which was carried out in April.

Yesterday the Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague and Dublin City manager John Tierney helped launch of a drive against antisocial behaviour in Dublin.

Cllr Montague also said there should be minimum pricing of alcohol in retail outlets and limits to the number of off-licences in any one area.

He made his comments after the poll results found that 36% of respondents said antisocial behaviour — much of it alcohol-fuelled — was the worst thing about the city.

Cllr Montague and Mr Tierney joined gardaí members of local community groups in the inner city area of Ballybough to highlight facilities available to young people who may engage in anti-social behaviour. Plans were also outlined to counter the problem.

It also emerged at the same event that 59 people were sleeping rough in the city at the time of the last head count, conducted on Census night in March.

While only a drop of one compared to the previous rough sleeper head count it is still the lowest figure in the city in recent years and down from a high of 110 in May 2008.

The figure in Cork city is understood to have been just two or three.

Cllr Montague said: “Anti-social behaviour is something that really affects people’s quality of life and can be something as simple as name-calling, which really intimidates a number of people.”

He said research from the Department of Justice showed that half of all anti-social behaviour problems are drink-related.

“I think there is a case to be made for applying a minimum price to alcohol,” he said. “What we are seeing at the moment is you can buy a can of beer in the supermarket for less than 50c.”

He said this could be at least doubled without it affecting the price of the pint and there was scope to work with the Northern Assembly on getting a comparable figure across the whole island.

He said he would first raise these issues with Dublin City Council before looking at discussing it with other local authorities around the country.

He said the proliferation of alcohol was also an issue and there was a case for local councils having the ability to reduce the number of outlets in an area.

He added he would be setting up a Commission on anti-social behaviour.

City Manager John Tierney also outlined plans for a possible “pledge scheme” in which parents would undertake efforts to control their children.

He said the details needed to be finalised but that any effort to reduce anti-social behaviour was worthwhile, particularly in some disadvantaged estates and areas that have not yet undergone regeneration projects.

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