Get Involved In Your Local Community and Help to Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour

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Get Involved In Your local Community and Help to Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Andrew Montague called on families to play their part in helping to reduce incidents of low level anti-social behaviour in Dublin City and in their communities.  He said that reducing and preventing anti-social behaviour on the city’s streets is necessary to ensure that people perceive Dublin to be a safe city to live, work, shop and visit. “People act on their perceptions and while Dublin ranks well internationally as a safe city, it’s important that people also perceive the city to be safe”, he said. He gave examples of young children and teenagers/young adults hassling neighbours and other people, people behaving badly in public, or making a nuisance of themselves with loud music or abusive language, all behaviours that can be dealt with within th e family. “I also believe that excessive consumption of alcohol plays a major role in anti-social behaviour. A minimum cost based price for alcohol could play an important role in tackling this problem”.

 A recent “Your Dublin Your Voice” survey, carried out by Dublin City Council, showed that while 88% of people think Dublin is a great place to live and 77% describe the city as “welcoming”, there is a perception among substantial numbers – over one third of those surveyed – who feel that anti-social behaviour, drugs and begging are damaging Dublin’s good reputation.  “Their negative perception should be of concern to everyone as a thriving city centre is vital for our economic future. Even a hint of threatening behaviour puts people off coming to our city centre, “said Lord Mayor Andrew Montague.

 The Lord Mayor also made the point that “you don’t have to move out of your neighbourhood to live in a better one. The City Council has made a huge range of modern, family friendly, recreational facilities available around the city and they are there for people to use them regularly with their families. The more people use these high quality facilities, the more we safeguard their future in these difficult times.”  He described the well managed local authority leisure facilities as providing families “with high quality and well managed sporting and recreational facilities to suit all ages and all interests, providing something fun to do for young people which can help keep them out of trouble” 

 “We are here to give people a helping hand but we can never be a substitute for taking responsibility for one’s own family and one’s own life. Each individual has the ability to make a difference in their own family and their own community.” John Tierney, Dublin City Manager said today,

 “If every family in the city got involved with their own children in enjoying the City Council’s leisure centres, parks, pitches, gyms, playgrounds, libraries, galleries, and all the other recreational facilities, that Dublin City Council has made available, they would find new healthy outlets for their energy and enthusiasm and have less time and inclination to engage in what is often perceived as anti-social behaviour”, says Montague.

"An Garda Siochana is committed to providing a policing service that reflects the needs and priorities of the communities we serve.  However, if we are to deliver on that commitment we need those communities to engage and work with us and to let us know what those priorities actually are”, says Michael Feehan, Assistant Garda Commissioner. “That engagement takes place in various ways, from meeting with elected representatives and local authority officials at Joint Policing Committees and Local Policing Fora, through Neighbourhood Watch schemes and especially through people in local communities having conversations with their local Community Gardai about the issues which are affecting their daily lives.

“An Garda Siochana cannot be really effective in addressing the challenges of anti-social behaviour in local communities, without the support of the people who live and work in the affected areas” he continued.  “We are committed to working in partnership with those local communities and with the other agencies operating across the city, to deliver the best possible policing service in every part of the city. I firmly believe that by working in partnership, we can be much more successful in achieving our vision of delivering policing excellence".

On the separate issue of homelessness,  which also affects the perception of the city, the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (formerly The Homeless Agency) is restructuring services to ensure that supported temporary accommodation is provided on a 24 hour basis across the four Dublin local authority areas, so that people have access to their accommodation during the day and are not left in a position where they are hanging around the city centre and at risk of getting involved in any level of anti-social behaviour. “Most people living in the community enjoy the ongoing support of family, friends and neighbours.  In stark contrast, many people experiencing homelessness often lose their support networks and the family bonds, whilst spending a significant level of time engaged with professionals.” says Cathal Morgan, Director of the Dublin Reg ion Homeless Executive. “People who are homeless need to find more support in their community, with the aim of building their capacity to live independently.

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Note to Editors:  

Overview of Dublin City Council Leisure Facilities for Communities

  • In the last ten years Dublin City Council has invested hundreds of millions of euro in designing and building high quality leisure and recreational amenities around the city
  • Dublin City Council has approximately 160 staff working in Sport and Leisure Services, including Sporting Recreational Officers who lead a variety of sports and keep fit programmes aimed at everyone from children to teenage girls and boys and from parents and toddlers to grandparents, new immigrants and competitive teams.  
  • Dublin City Council part funds 9 “Football in the Community” Development Officers who are employed by the Football Association of Ireland and provide a similar service to the Sport Promotion and Recreation Officers, using Football as a key engagement tool.
  • Dublin City Council also part funds 5 “Boxing in the Community” Development Officers who are employed by the Irish Amateur Boxing Association and provide a similar service to the Sport Promotion and Recreation Officers but use Boxing as a key engagement tool.

Community Development Section

Dublin City Council provides a Community Development Service throughout the City. 40 staff are employed directly in this service and a further 30 staff provide community and other services in our Older Persons Complexes. 36 staff are employed in our Community and Recreation Facilities. The Community Development Service covers a range of activities from one off events to the provision of Community/Recreation buildings. Set out below is a list of the main activities of the section.

  • Children’s Summer Projects.
  • Preschool Community Crèches.
  • Community Recreation Centres.
  • Play Development, (We provide equipment to local communities who wish to organise their own play day)

Dublin City Council operates, maintains and supports the following services/facilities at a cost of €62m in 2011:

  • 12 leisure centres
  • 7 swimming pools
  • 250 football pitches
  • 48 parks
  • 44 playgrounds
  • 26 Public Libraries with 130 book clubs
  • 2 public golf courses and 4 pitch & putt courses
  • 9 Tennis courts
  • 9 Basketball courts
  • 12 Recreation Centres with 2500 children attending organised activities.
  • 75 Summer Projects run in disadvantaged areas with 15000 participants.
  • Support for Community Crèches with over 1000 children attending.
  • Support for Parks Tennis with over 2000 participants
  • 65 play facilities located in Social Housing and Flat complexes.
  • 12 Arts and Drama programmes in Recreation Centres across the City
  • Dublin Municipal Gallery: The Hugh Lane
  • The Lab Arts Centre
  • The Red Stables Arts Centre 

To locate community facilities around Dublin city see  www.dublin.ie/maps

 The second survey on Your Dublin Your Voice will close on 31st July – see www.yourdublinyourvoice.ie

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