The Labour Party is proposing a nine-point anti-joyriding initiative, which it says could be used as a possible basis to tackle the problem.
The measures include making joyriding a specific offence, education programmes in disadvantaged areas and more detention places for repeat offenders.
The party's Dublin North East TD, Tommy Broughan, says it is ridiculous that when Gardai catch joyriders there is nowhere to put them.
"We hear reports that people have been arrested perhaps 40-44 times for involvement in this type of crime and there clearly does need to be more places.
"We had the announcement about St Pat's but we also have a closure at the same time of somewhere like Shanganagh.
"The Government just doesn't seem to be willing to provide sufficient incarceration and indeed treatment."